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Recognize a place in Istanbul from an old (1890-1900) postcard

I'm not that familiar with Istanbul but this appears to be a navy building: Old photo here from a similar angle. Location on Google maps Photo pre-renovation Modern view:
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Where in Istanbul is this dome people are standing on with views across the city?

Local here. This place is called Büyük Valide Han. It's located in Mahmutpaşa, Fatih. Its roof has an amazing view. A lot of people want to take a selfie or jumping photos on the roof (thanks ...
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How can I use cellular phone in Istanbul airport?

Cheapest Connect to free wifi in Istanbul airport. You may have to approach a kiosk to connect to Wifi. It is only free for one hour. Use wisely. Expensive Enable International roaming for both and ...
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Late night flights from Istanbul

I took a Turkish Airlines flight that departed from Istanbul to South-East Asia past 1 AM last year. It was fine: it's a large, busy airport that's open 24 hours and has many flights in the middle of ...
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Can someone who isn't flying meet me at my gate for a layover at Istanbul airport?

Unless your friend is: an airport employee; a diplomat; or possibly someone who has a friend with some "juice" at the airport; There's no way your friend can get a pass to enter and leave ...
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Can someone who isn't flying meet me at my gate for a layover at Istanbul airport?

One way tickets from Istanbul for dates in June (as an example) are as little as 30 euros (Izmir, Bodrum, Ankara to name but three). Sofia is 5 euros more expensive. Your friend could buy a cheap ...
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Train connection from Istanbul to Sofia?

I used Bahn.de to search for train journeys between Istanbul and Sofia. Starting in Istanbul there is a direct connection to Sofia. It leaves daily at 22:00 and arrives in Sofia at 9:10. The journey ...
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Can photographs be taken in Istanbul as of August/September 2016?

I was there in the last weeks, i can say that in no moment has the policed ever cared about me taking photographs as a tourist. I even carry my tripod around and have not had the smallest problem. I ...
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Train connection from Istanbul to Sofia?

An express bus operated by the Turkish railways connects the Sirkeci station of Istanbul to the Turkish railway border checkpoint at Kapikule - besides this, a Turkish train runs from the Istanbul ...
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Identify location of this Dondurma (Turkish Ice Cream) shop

Looks like it is on Istiklal Avenue, one of Istanbul's most famous streets that starts from Taksim Square and goes towards the Galata tower. The exact place seems to be in front of a restaurant called ...
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Transit hotel and visa at Istanbul

Turkish Airlines will provide a complimentary hotel if: You are an economy class passenger and the transit is more than 10 hours. OR you are a business class passenger and the transit is more than 7 ...
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Does a Filipino flying from Vietnam to Brazil need a visa or transit visa to layover in Istanbul or Doha Qatar?

No, you do not need a transit visa for either country. This assumes you have connecting flights on a single ticket from the same airport (Istanbul has three) and you don't need to recheck bags etc. ...
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Travel with luggage via Metro or Bus from SAW Airport Istanbul to Europe Side of Istanbul

Whilst it is possible to make that trip using some combination of Metro/Public Bus/Ferry, the best option is instead to catch one of the airport buses run by either Havabus or Havaist. These leave ...
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Can someone who isn't flying meet me at my gate for a layover at Istanbul airport?

It will be cheaper, easier and less risky for both you and your friend, if you get a visa. But check if you even need one. It is suspicious to enter an airport terminal without taking a flight, and ...
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Do I need to clear immigration for a layover in IST?

The short answer is no you don't have to go through immigration. Considering that you will be travelling on a single ticket and your transit duration is less than 24 hours the following would apply ...
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Buy Lonely Planet guides in Istanbul

D&R Bookstores are located throughout Istanbul, and they generally stock Lonely Planet books in English - at least for the Istanbul and Turkey books. They also have stores at the airport (airside)...
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How can I find a big pharmacy in Istanbul?

In the end I was able to find what I'm looking for by traveling to a pharmacy in one of the big shopping malls (Emaar Square Mall), which had a section with food supplements that I was looking for. I ...
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Istanbul Layover: Guided Tour or Wander by self?

Be careful about Turkish airline hotel stay. I traveled multiple times through Turkish airlines, twice unable to get an accommodation at Ataturk airport. On both airport stay, I stayed more than 10 ...
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Can photographs be taken in Istanbul as of August/September 2016?

Local here. I'm not sure you already visited here or not since you said "one of the next weeks", but I will drop my two cent. NicolasZ's answer is quite accurate. If there is no "publication ban" (...
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Where in Istanbul is this dome people are standing on with views across the city?

I believe they were taken at around 41.014138, 28.968943 (if you zoom right in, you can just make out the lumps they are standing on). There is also a photo sphere at this location with a view that ...
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Is it possible to transit through Istanbul airports on two different tickets while carrying luggage?

Turkish airlines is known to be fairly "variable" when it comes to things like this, and the outcome often depends on the actual person checking you in rather than any formal policy. Even their own ...
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Is it possible to take a direct bus from Tbilisi to Istanbul?

Metro Turizm runs two direct buses a day. Lüks Karadeniz runs one bus a day. It seems like both leave from the central Ortachala Bus Station. It's helpful to know Tbilisi (Gerogria) = Tiflis (...
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What are Android and/or iOS apps for public transit directions in Istanbul, Turkey?

Google Maps supports public transport since one year in İstanbul and you can use Citymapper app for detailed options. Citymapper is providing better results and have better interface from Trafi.
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Two separate tickets for connecting flights

For what you describe, you will need a Turkish Visa because with two separate Itineraries and Tickets, it's not a connecting flight and you are not a Transit passenger. You have a flight from Manila ...
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How do I prove that I arrived at Istanbul airport in time for boarding?

By documenting the evidence at the time it exists. If they don't let you board, insist that they give you something in writing. If they refuse, make a short video that documents their refusal as well ...
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Layover in Istanbul

If both of your flights are on the same reservation, a flight delay is the airline's responsibility. If you choose the first option and miss the flight, Turkish will rebook you on the second flight. ...
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When visiting Istanbul, is pre-booking city tours from known web sites better than on arrival?

I am one of the pre-booking type of guys, I plan for any trips months in advance and book everything long before embarking on a trip. But, in Istanbul, You will considerably save much more by booking ...
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Can I pay for the Havaist bus with a credit card?

I arrived at the airport on 6 Jan 2020 and got on the Havaist IST-5 bus with my credit card. There‘s a contactless card reader on the bus. There are also some vending machines at the bus parking spot, ...
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