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Istanbul's military museum is situated in the Spor ve Sergi Sarayi Carsisi Harbiye, Beyoglu.

Outside the museum is a rail gun, aircraft, helicopters and an interesting collection of Ottoman guns and mortars. Inside the exhibits display a fine collection of Ottoman weapons and uniforms as you would expect from the Ottoman capital. The highlights are the magnificent campaign tents and standards. The absence of an English language guide book somewhat limits the experience.

Whilst in Istanbul a visit to the maritime museum with its Ottoman and more modern ships is worthwhile. The ship models are particularly good as are the Ottoman cannon and Barbarossa's standard. Also visit the Theodosian walls of the old city, the Yedikule castle, Galata tower, the archaeological museum and the Topkapi Palace.  The covered bazaar has a number of good bookshops selling military prints.

A trip up the Bosphorus by boat takes you past the twin castles Rumeli Hisari and Anadolu Hisari which played a key role in the siege of Constantinople. The boat stops for lunch at Anadolu Kavagi where the hilltop Byzantine castle of Heiron is worth the stiff climb.

Rumeli Hisar

Excursions within reasonable distance of the city include Pergamon, Assos and the Dardanelle forts at Canakkale and Kilitbahir (below).

An absolute essential  visit are the Gallipoli battlefields and the museum at Kabatepe.


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