The most impressive sights are along the southern shores of the Bosphorus, nearest to the city, Topkapı Palace, the mid Bosphorus Maiden’s Tower, the Selimiye Barracks where Florence Nightingale has worked, Dolmabahce Palace, ciragan Palace (kempinsky hotel), Yıldız Park & Palace, the chic art-boutique and cafe scene in the village of Ortakoy, the pretty Ottoman baroque Mecidiye Mosque, and the Bosphorus Bridge.
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Beyond the Bosphorus Bridge there’s plenty more to see such as Beylerbeyi Palace, the village of Cengelkoy, Kuleli Naval Academy, Arnavutkoy with its photogenic Ottoman seaside mansions, Rumeli Hisari the mighty Fortress, the town of Bebek with its pretty bay and Bosphorus University.
Across the Bosphorus is Fortress of Anatolia, Kucuksu palace, the Hidiv castle, the pretty restaurant village of Tarabya, the town of Buyukdere with its excellent Sadberk Hanım Museum and Sarıyer with a fish market and several seafood restaurants.
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