Dolmabahce Palace is located on the European side of Istanbul within the district of Besiktas and Taksim. Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world which is built in 19th century. Dolmabahce Palace is a must to visit to learn about the lifestyle of the Ottoman Sultans and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
This is strictly guided group tour to the palace and Harem. Visitors are reminded that photograph is prohibited during the tour.
Operating Hours: 9am to 3pm (closed on Monday and Thursday)
Entrance Fee : 50TL (Guided Group Tour to Palace and Harem)
Official Website : http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/portalmain-en/Default.aspx
Choram Museum is also known as Kariye Muzesi, is located in one of the most conservative Muslim neighbourhood and outskirt of Sultanahmet area. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora was originally built in the 400s and was expanded in the 1000s of Constantinople. When the city fell into Ottomans in the mid-1400, the building was converted to a mosque. Even though, Chora Museum (Kariye Museum) isn't one of the top attraction sites to visit in Istanbul but, it is strongly recommended to see the remaining mosaics covering the interior painting which was completed between 1315 and 1321 (part of Byzantine art and history).
Address : Kariye Camii Sokak, No. 26 Edirnekapi, 34087 Istanbul
Operating Hours: 9am to 4.30pm (closed on Wednesday)
Entrance Fee : Yes
Get down at Edirnekapi station and cross the busy main streets. It is a short walking to the Chora Church in the residential neighbourhood behind the remaining city walls built by Romans & Byzantines.
Panorama 1453 History Museum is located nearby Chora Museum (Kariye Museum). It is a great place to learn about their history without English translation on the boards. You can rent the audio video to listen as you walk into the museum. Other than that, I love the 360 degrees panorama of paintings on the backdrop with some decoration of the real items in order to make them into 3D effect. It is really amazing as I feel I am in the war zone with the background sounds too.