Sights & Attractions in Istanbul

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Name Category Location
 
Ahrida Synagogue
Located in Balat, the city's historically Jewish district, Istanbul's...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Aya Sofya
This soaring edifice is perhaps the greatest work of Byzantine...
Religious Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Beyazıt Camii
Inspired by Aya Sofya and completed in 1506, this domed mosque...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Blue Mosque
Only after you enter the Blue Mosque do you understand the name...
Religious Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Büyük Valide Han
The mass of winding streets between the Grand Bazaar and the...
Architectural Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Church of St. Mary of the Mongols
This rose-red-color church is significant for being the only...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
The Column of Constantine
This column stood at the center of what was a large circular...
Architectural Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Dolmabahçe Palace
The name Dolmabahçe means "filled-in garden," from the fact that...
Castles / Palaces Karaköy and the Lower Bosphorus
 
Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate
After being kicked out of Aya Sofya after the Turkish conquest...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Eminönü
The transportation hub of Old Istanbul, Eminönü teems with activity...
Neighborhoods / Streets The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Eyüp Sultan Camii
Muslim pilgrims from all over the world make their way to the...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Fatih Camii
This complex consisting of a mosque, religious schools, and other...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Fethiye Müzesi
Thought to date to the 12th century, this church served as the...
Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Fish Market
Located just off İstiklal Caddesi next to the entrance to the...
Markets / Bazaars Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Galata Mevlevihanesi
Istanbul's oldest Mevlevi dervish lodge, which served as a meeting...
Museums / Galleries Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Galata Tower
The Galata area was a thriving Italian settlement both before...
Architectural Sites Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Grand Bazaar
Take a deep breath and plunge into this maze of 65 winding, covered...
Markets / Bazaars The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
The Great Walls
The walls of Constantinople were the greatest fortifications...
Castles / Palaces, Architectural Sites Western Districts
 
Hippodrome
It takes a bit of imagination to appreciate the Hippodrome—once...
Archaeological Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Step into this vast repository of spectacular finds, housed in...
Museums / Galleries Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Istanbul Modern
Housed in a converted warehouse on the shores of the Bosphorus...
Museums / Galleries Karaköy and the Lower Bosphorus
 
Istanbul University
The main campus of Turkey's oldest institution of higher learning...
Educational Institutions The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
İstiklal Caddesi
Running for almost a mile between Taksim Square and Tünel Square...
Neighborhoods / Streets Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Jewish Museum of Turkey
The history of the Jews in Turkey is much more extensive and...
Museums / Galleries Karaköy and the Lower Bosphorus
 
Kalenderhane Camii
Located around the corner from Istanbul University and close...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Kariye Müzesi
The dazzling mosaics and frescoes in the former Church of the...
Museums / Galleries, Religious Sites Western Districts
 
Küçük Aya Sofya
Built by Justinian as the Church of Sergius and Bacchus (patron...
Religious Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Military Museum
This large and fascinating museum boasts an extensive collection...
Museums / Galleries Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Mosaic Museum
One of Istanbul's more fascinating sights, the small but well-done...
Museums / Galleries Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Naval Museum
Founded in 1897 and located here since 1961, Istanbul's Naval...
Museums / Galleries Karaköy and the Lower Bosphorus
 
Pera Museum
A small private museum housed in a grand 1893 building (the former...
Museums / Galleries Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
Housed on the grounds of an Ottoman-era shipyard on the shore...
Museums / Galleries Western Districts
 
Rüstem Paşa Camii
Tucked away in the backstreets just west of the Spice Bazaar...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Şehzade Camii
The medium-sized Şehzade Camii was built for Süleyman the Magnificent's...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Sokollu Mehmet Paşa Camii
Built in 1571 for Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, a grand vizier to three...
Religious Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Spice Bazaar
The enticing Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar...
Markets / Bazaars The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Süleymaniye Camii
Perched on a hilltop opposite Istanbul University, Süleymaniye...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Taksim Square
At the north end of İstiklal Caddesi, Istanbul's largest public...
Squares Beyoğlu: Istanbul's New Town
 
Topkapı Palace
This vast palace on Sarayburnu ("Seraglio Point"), above the...
Castles / Palaces Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Valens Aqueduct
A Roman city needed its aqueduct, and Constantinople, which seriously...
Archaeological Sites Western Districts
 
Yeni Cami
A dominant feature of the Istanbul skyline, thanks to its prime...
Religious Sites The Bazaar Area and Environs
 
Yerebatan Sarnıcı
The major problem with the site of Byzantium was the lack of...
Archaeological Sites Sultanahmet: The Historic Center
 
Yıldız Parkı
The wooded slopes of Yıldız Parkı once formed part of the great...
Castles / Palaces, Parks Karaköy and the Lower Bosphorus
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