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“Not worth the detour”
Review of Istanbul Sapphire

Istanbul Sapphire
Ranked #17 of 553 Shopping in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

The Sapphire tour is not near the main touristic attractions (Sultanahmet). When you go up to the Seyirterasi, you have a 360° view of Istanbul, but only the side of Sultanahmet & the Bosphorus are interesting to see. I think the 360° view from the Galata tower (although not so high) is more worthwhile.
There's also a 4D cinema, Istanbul skyride, where you take a tour by helicopter over Istanbul, by day and by night. I've had better 4D cinema experiences than this one, by far. In my opinion it's also a missed opportunity because you only get a tour of modern Istanbul, which you can do life, since you are IN Istanbul. They'd better made a skyride through history and ancient Istanbul.
This attraction is located in a high end shopping mall. For those who love shopping (and have the money), that's an extra plus.
I was a little bit disappointed because of the high ratings and the good reviews I'd heard from this attraction. All by all it did not live up to my expectations.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

It was our first time to go to a building this high, and it was such a great experience to see Istanbul from up there. The best about the trip was the 4D helicopter skyride, it was amazing. :D The souvenir shop was nice, but the prices are a bit high.
If you go to Istanbul, you should visit this place.

Thank Dania A
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Take Taksim metro to Levent 4 station and that will lead you in side the mall , the shopping mall is not that grand as the Dubai malls..For TL28 you can visit the top of the mall 53rd floor to view Istanbul and 4 D simulation ride through the historic site of Fatih..that is very interesting.. avoid the wash rooms in the mall they stink..

Thank Zakarya-zaki S
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

We decided to visit this place for a change from the tourist sites and shopping - but should have planned to visit when we were in the area a couple of days before.

Nearest metro is Levent 4 and it is a 10 minute walk from the metro to the centre.

28 TL for the helicopter experience and the observation deck.

The '4 D' experience lasts about 10 minutes but allow time for queues - the simulator takes about 30 people at a time.

The observation deck has a floor above ( 56 I think) that will take you to the roof - make sure you do this ! It gives some amazing views of Istanbul.

1  Thank tourista
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Excellent place to visit this 261 meters tall skyscraper (51 floors above ground) and see this wonderful city from Black Sea to Marmara Sea from Asian Side to European. The flight simulation is marvellous.

1  Thank LilaTses
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