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ImageOne day, while not enough to see all of Istanbul's sites properly can be used efficiently to take in a significant feel of the place. Visitors who are only there for a day should start at the Galata Bridge. The Galata Bridge connects the Karakoy district and Eminonu district. Take the tram from Karakoy and go to Sultanahmet which is where all the main sites are located. Pass the square and follow the road to the Topkapi Palace. After walking along the gardens of the Palace you will reach the entrance of Topkapi Palace. You can spend 2-3 hours at the Palace. If possible, do try to take in the Harem tour. After that go to the Ayasofya or Hagia Sofia and spend an hour there taking in the amazing mosaics. A short walk from Ayasofya will take you to the Basilica Cistern. An hour can be spent here before you take a lunch break.After lunch the Blue Mosque must be visited which is at Sultanahmet square. A couple of hours can be spent taking in this spectacular mosque. The next place to visit is the Hippodrome which is located next to the mosque. There are many monuments to be seen here in the park. After the Hippodrome visit, you can take a tram to Beyazit where you can visit the Grand bazaar, entering from the Carsikapi gate. After spending a few hours here, you can visit the Spice Market also. If you have time, the traditional Turkish bath or 'hamam' is a must try. 

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