Yildiz Palace and Gardens 
The second largest palace in Istanbul, Yildiz Palace is set within large gardens and woodland and includes a complex of pavilions and a mosque. Within walking distance of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Dolmabahçe Palace 
Built in the mid-19th century at the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the Dolmabahçe Palace is vast and located on Istanbul's west shore of the Bosphorus. The palace is just a five-minute drive from the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Topkapi Palace 
Now one of Istanbul's leading museums, the Topkapi Palace was the imperial residence of the great Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years until the reign of Abdülmecid. Its spectacular museum is famed for its large collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Haghia Sophia 
This Byzantine church is one of Istanbul's most well-known landmarks and few visitors to Istanbul miss a trip to view its extraordinary interior. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Blue Mosque 
Dating from the 17th century, this is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and is one of the principal features on Istanbul's skyline. On the east side of the mosque is the Arasta, a bazaar for the various tradesman's guilds. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) 
A vast labyrinth of little streets lined with over 4000 shops selling rugs, pottery, jewellery and countless other goodies. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

St Savior in Chora Museum (Kariye Camii) 
This museum is famous for its fascinating mosaics and frescoes, many of which date back to the 13th and 14th centuries, and are by far the most important works of Byzantine pictorial art known today. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel.

Basilica Cistern 
Discover the grandiose nature of the past when touring through Istanbul's largest and most magnificent underground cistern. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century to supply water to the nearby palace complex, the cistern has a total of 336 decorated columns. Within 15 minutes of the Conrad Istanbul hotel    

The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia (Άγια Σοφία) in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, and Ayasofya or Aya Sofya in Turkish, is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world.