Sights & Attractions in Istanbul

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

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