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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Beyazıt Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Inspired by Aya Sofya and completed in 1506, this domed mosque holds the distinction of being the oldest of the Ottoman imperial mosques...

Büyük Valide Han

  • Building/Architectural Site

The mass of winding streets between the Grand Bazaar and the Golden Horn contains many old Ottoman commercial buildings, or hans . Historically...


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The transportation hub of Old Istanbul, Eminönü teems with activity. There are docks for traditional ferry boats (including both short...

Fatih Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This complex consisting of a mosque, religious schools, and other buildings of a pious nature was the largest in the Ottoman empire,...

Grand Bazaar

  • Market/Bazaar

Take a deep breath and plunge into this maze of 65 winding, covered streets crammed with 4,000 tiny shops, cafés, restaurants, mosques,...

Istanbul University

  • Educational Institution

The main campus of Turkey's oldest institution of higher learning originally served as the Ottoman war ministry—hence the magnificent...

Kalenderhane Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Located around the corner from Istanbul University and close to the Valens Aqueduct, the church is believed to have been built in the...

Rüstem Paşa Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Tucked away in the backstreets just west of the Spice Bazaar, this Sinan masterpiece was built in the early 1560s for Rüstem Pasha,...

Spice Bazaar

  • Market/Bazaar

The enticing Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is much smaller than the Grand Bazaar but more colorful—though not as...

Süleymaniye Camii

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Perched on a hilltop opposite Istanbul University, Süleymaniye Camii is perhaps the most magnificent mosque in Istanbul and is considered...