Your culture attendant: things to do in Istanbul


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From the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, European artists arriving in Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire encountered cultures, crafts, designs and fashions that they'd never seen before, which they depicted in their paintings. One of the largest collections of these artworks is housed at Istanbul's Pera Museum, on Mesrutiyet Caddesi in Beyoglu - and, as it's Friday, it's open late and you can see them all for free from 6-10pm.
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ATTDT is your unique local guide to things to do, see, visit and explore in Istanbul. From arts and culture to events and entertainment, we've got today in Istanbul covered. What's on? We know.

Note: While events and activities are featured here because they should be on and open today, changes can happen - you can use the headline link on the thing to do above to find out up-to-date information. Check before you travel.

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Welcome to the Istanbul edition of A Thing To Do Today: your Istanbul culture attendant, and the ultimate independent curated guide to the very best of what to do today in Istanbul. Whether it's budget or bespoke, from local tourist attractions to hidden gems, cultural events and even adventurous things to do, if you're in and around Istanbul, whether you're visiting or a local, ATTDT is here to help.

We specialise in seeking out intriguing and often offbeat activities, events and attractions specifically on and open today, which are ready to visit: things to do in Istanbul for anyone who wants an amazing day. Look at the idea above for something to do today, reload the page to get other great things to do, or change the day to have an amazing time in Istanbul all week: here are amazing things to do on Saturday. Find out more...

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