Istanbul has long been thought of as the perfect blend of Europe and Asia; in fact, it is where Europe and Asia meet. Istanbul is an ethnic, yet familiar experience; it is exotic enough to be different, yet comforting enough for ease of travel. The people are friendly, the architecture is magnificent and the food is divine. So take a gander at some of the must-sees in Istanbul that make it one of the most intoxicating cities in the world. Get a taste for it in 24 hours, but it is a guarantee you will be back!
5. Marvel at the Hagia Sofia
First a basilica, then a mosque, and now a museum, the Hagia Sofia, built in the early 6th century, is one of the most historically important monuments in Istanbul (although every monument in Istanbul is important). The inside is filled with striking mosaics; the main area, famous for its impressive dome and gold mosaics, are so eye catching most people are reluctant to leave. Since being converted into a museum, the upstairs houses many galleries where you could spend the day wandering and learning Istanbul’s history.