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Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern breaks annual visitor record

The Yerebatan (Basilica) Cistern, Turkey’s third most visited spot, was visited by record number of people in 2017, welcoming 1.16 million people over the course of the year.

Grand Bazaar restoration to be completed in three months

Restoration at Istanbul’s glorious Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market, will be completed in three months’ time after a year-and-a-half long restoration process.

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is at the centre of a battle for Turkey’s soul

As man-made monuments go, the Hagia Sophia is one of the world’s most distinguished. The imposing, 1,480-year-old building in the heart of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district stood for almost 1,000 years as an ornate cathedral, a place where Byzantine emperors came to be crowned.

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