Istanbul Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Istanbul - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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The Bazaar Quarter and Environs 14

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Beyoglu 6

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The Great Walls

  • Building/Architectural Site

The walls of Constantinople were the greatest fortifications of the medieval age and, although they were severely damaged by Sultan Mehmet...

Topkapı Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

This vast palace on Sarayburnu ("Seraglio Point"), above the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, was the residence of sultans...

Valens Aqueduct

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A Roman city needed its aqueduct, and Constantinople, which seriously lacked drinking water, finally got one in 375 under Emperor Valens.

Yeni Cami

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A dominant feature of the Istanbul skyline, thanks to its prime spot on the Eminönü waterfront, the "new mosque" is known as much for...

Yerebatan Sarnıcı

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The major problem with the site of Byzantium was the lack of fresh water, and so for the city to grow, a great system of aqueducts and...

Yücetepe Kır Gazinosu

  • Restaurant–Sight

The outdoor restaurant next to Aya Yorgi is known for its homemade wine, once made by the monks themselves, but now made by a family...

Yıldız Parkı

  • Park/Playground

The wooded slopes of Yıldız Parkı once formed part of the great forest that covered the European shore of the Bosphorus from the Golden...

Üsküdar

  • Neighborhood/Street

One of the oldest inhabited areas on the Asian shore, Üsküdar takes its name from the 7th-century BC settlement of Scutari, though...

İstiklal Caddesi

  • Neighborhood/Street

Running for almost a mile between Taksim Square and Tünel Square, İstiklal Caddesi is the heart of modern Istanbul. The street was...

Şehzade Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The medium-sized Şehzade Camii was built for Süleyman the Magnificent's eldest son, Prince Mehmet, who died of smallpox in 1543 at...

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