Places to see in İstanbul and Most do!
Through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and apartments.
Healthful steam baths have been popular in Turkey for thousands of years, many of them surviving from Hellenic and Roman times.
Some of the best examples of handmade Turkish carpets and kilim, jewellery, silver, leather and souvenirs can all be found here. This is where bargaining is not only recommended but highly encouraged.Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar
The best place in Istanbul to find spices, nuts, herbal teas, dried fruits, flower seeds, scarce plant roots/peels and traditional Turkish foods such as Turkish delight, Turkish coffee and it functioned as a natural pharmacy. It is a right place to find a herbal love or natural product.Food
Traditional Turkish and Ottoman cuisine (Turkish Kebab, Hünkar beğendi, Külbastı, Baklava, Ayran Simit, Çay)Historical
Topkapı palace, Dolmahçe Palace, Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museum,Turkish traditional music
in an Oriental atmosphere,enjoy the kanun,typical Turkish musical instrument, folklore and belly dancing,Mehter band and Dervish show.
Splendid city of Istanbul has many unique and fascinating features. It is the only city in the world reaching across two continents. “Europe” and “Asia” separated by the Bosphorus... You can see the legacy of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in the modern silhouette of Istanbul. İstanbul is the commercial, historical and cultural heart of Turkey today. The charm and character of the city lies in its endless variety. Along from its historical view, İstanbul exudes trendy bars and nightclubs, boutiques, shopping malls, world popular attractions, Turkish bath houses and elegant suburbs. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world and worth visiting. You will find amazing things to do here, regardless of your particular interests, Istanbul has something for you.
- 1. To witness the history of the Byzantine Empire, which was formed when the Roman Empire split up as eastern and western empires in 395,
- 2. To see the lands which the Byzantine Empire existed on for over one thousand years. To see the capital which has been carried from Roman times to today’s Istanbul,
- 3. To witness the 600 year long adventure of the Ottoman Empire’s most glorious times, and the founding of the Republic
- 4. To see the palaces which summarize the 600 year Ottoman adventure, especially the Topkapı Palace and the marvelous buildings, churches, bazaars, fountains, cisterns and streets in the surrounding Sultanahmet area,
- 5. To witness the magnificent atmosphere of Hagia Sophia, the greatest Christian temple which still stands,
- 6. To feel the pulse of Europe’s first, and the world’s 5th largest city, with its population of 17. million,
- 7. To become a part of the cultural wealth brought on by the coexistence of the modern and the traditional,
- 8. To experience going from Europe to Asia in five minutes by boat or by car,
- 9. To watch Asia from Europe, Europe from Asia, and be a part of the “fish by the Bosphorus” tradition while watching,
- 10. To be able to answer the question “How can the people of one city be both Westerners and Easterners?”
İstiklal AvenueLocation: 41.036094,28.98379
A stroll down Istiklal Avenue, which connects the Taksim and Tünel districts, is a quintessential Istanbul experience. This ever-crowded avenue is lined with countless shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and bookstores. In addition, historic buildings such as Galatasaray High School, Galatasaray Turkish Bath and Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Arcade) can also be found on this street. Go with the flow and get carried away in the 24-hour charm of Istiklal Avenue. Beyoğlu district.
Galata TowerLocation: 41.025499,28.974102
Located in Istanbul’s Galata neighbourhood, visible from almost every angle of the city, it was originally built as a wooden lighthouse by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius in the year 507 and later re-built in stone by the Genoans in 1348. It is said that in the 17th century, the great aviator Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi strapped on a set of wooden wings and took flight from this tower, thus bringing to life the concept of a “bird’s eye view” from this perfect vantage point. Offering full service at its café and restaurant, the Galata Tower also hosts traditional Turkish shows in the evenings. Galata- Beyoğlu.
Dolmabahce PalaceLocation: 41.03929,28.998971
The construction of the Dolmabahçe Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid on June 13, 1843, and, with the completion of its surrounding walls, was open for use on June 7, 1856. The Palace is separated into three areas: the Selamlık (the part of the Palace reserved for men), the Ceremony Hall and the Harem (reserved for the women of the Palace). The Palace can be visited every day from 8.30-16.30, except on Mondays and Thursdays..
Istanbul Modern Art MuseumLocation: 41.026843,28.984165
Istanbul Modern is Turkey’s first private modern museum, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. The museum was founded in 2004 with the purpose of making contemporary art more accessible to the greater public.
The Grand BazaarLocation : 41.010783,28.968528
Founded in 1455 and 1461, The Grand Bazaar is celebrated for being the world’s largest shopping centre. Some of the best examples of handmade Turkish carpets and kilim, jewellery, silver, leather and souvenirs can all be found here. This is where bargaining is not only recommended but highly encouraged.
Hagia Sophia MuseumLocation : 41.00918,28.979959
Hagia Sophia is a classic basilica-style patriarchate cathedral. It was built in the centre of Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula upon the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. between 532-537 B.C. The sacking of Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1453 saw the conversion of the cathedral into a mosque. Today it functions as a secular museum. Over the years, drawing attention with its stunning architecture and mosaics, this spectacular site is a must-see for any visitor. The museum is open daily between 09.00-18.00, except on Mondays. .
Sultanahmet Mosque "The Blue MosqueLocation: 41.005447,28.97725
The Sultanahmet Mosque was built between 1609-1616 by Mehmet Ağa, one of the most famous architects of that era. “The Blue Mosque” is named after the blue tiles that decorate its inner walls. Hippodrome , German Fountain, Basilica Cistern The Million Stone, Serpentine Column Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Mosaic Museum Gulhane Park .
Topkapı PalaceLocation : 41.011949,28.98416
When Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapı Palace was used as its government headquarters and the residence of the Sultan and his high officials. The construction of this palace was completed in 1473, following the conquer of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror. You may visit this grand palace daily from 9.00-19.00, except on Tuesdays. .
Underground Basilica CisternLocation: 41.00837,28.977937
Built in the middle of the Historic Peninsula, the Underground Basilica Cistern was commissioned by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus I (who ruled from 527-565) in 542, with the purpose of fulfilling the water supply of the Grand Palace. It is often called “the Underground Palace” for its beautifully decorated columns. It is open to visitors daily from 9.00-18.30. .
Süleymaniye MosqueLocation: 41.016199,28.963909
Commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, the Süleymaniye Mosque is located in the Süleymaniye district and one of renowned Ottoman architect Sinan’s masterpieces.
Istanbul Archaeological MuseumLocation: 41.011236,28.98158
The Archaeology Museum, which has been rapidly expanding, adding new collections since it opened on June 13, 1891, consists of three sections: from the Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to the Arabian Peninsula and Afghanistan, and the section housing over a million pieces left from various civilizations under the Ottoman rule. It is highly regarded as one of the world’s largest museums. Visiting hours are between 9.00-19.00 every day, except for Mondays.
MiniaturkLocation: 41.060042, 28.94860300000005
Anatolia through Miniatürk, the 3000 years of traces from the Ancient Age to Byzantium, the Seljuks to the Ottoman have been carried forward to the coasts of the Golden Age. Models of 1/25 scales of selected works of Turkish and Ottoman geographies are exhibited in Miniatürk. Open everyday between 10 am. till 6.00 pm
The Pera Museum
The Pera Museum, which opened its doors in early June 2005, is the first step of a comprehensive cultural endeavor that the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation has launched at this distinguished venue in the city for the purpose of providing cultural service on a variety of levels. The first and second floors of thePeraMuseumhouse three permanent collections belonging to the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, with the Sevgi and Erdoğan Gönül Gallery on the second floor. The third, fourth, and fifth floors are devoted to multipurpose exhibition spaces. There is an auditorium and Pera Education room in the basement, and on the ground floor are the reception desk and Perakende-Artshop and Pera Café.
Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tor Museum
The Vedat Nedim Tör Museum was established in 1992 for the purpose of scientifically assessing the Bank’s collections and exhibiting them to contribute to the country’s cultural life. Various collections, including coins, embroidered textiles, fabrics, calligraphies, tombac (metal alloys), prayer beads and Karagöz figures, accumulated by the bank since the 1950s, are displayed around central themes in rotation. The collections of coins and ethnographic works and the special Atatürk section of the museum have raised International interest.
With the events and activities it organizes, santralistanbul aspires to be an international platform for arts, culture and learning, inspired by a comprehensive, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary vision which promotes urban regeneration. Opening its doors on 8 September 2007, santralistanbul is one the most exhaustive conversion projects to be carried out in Turkey in the field of arts and culture.
Divan Literature Museum
The Galata Mevlevihanesi, or dervish convent, built in 1491, was one of the first Mevlevi dervish convents in İstanbul. Closed down in the 1920s during the early Republican period, this Mevlevihane was reopened as a museum in 1975. The Semahane and adjacent rooms house a collection of manuscripts of the works of Mevlevi Sufi poets, as well as samples of calligraphy and Mevlevi memorabilia.
Adam Mickiewickz Museum
Adam Mickiewicz Museum is a historic house museum dedicated to the life of Adam Mickiewicz, renowned Polish poet. The museum houses some manuscripts of Adam Mickiewicz, historical documents and paintings.
The Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
The Aim of the Museum is to promote, both within the country and abroad, the story of 700 years of amity between Turks and Jews, beginning with the Ottoman conquest of Bursa (1326), continuing with Bayezid. It's warm welcome of the Sephardic Jews who preferred expulsion from Iberia to giving up the faith and traditions of their ancestors and carrying on until today.
Saint Antoine Church
The Saint Antoine Church is located on İstiklal Street in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Construction began on August 23, 1906 and was completed and opened for religious services in 1912. Its architect, Giulio Mongeri was born in Istanbul. The church was governed by Italian priests and is the greatest Catholic Church in Istanbul with the largest number of congregation. It is a beautiful sample of tolerance and religious acceptance.
Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Sakıp Sabancı Museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts in its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there. In 1927 Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan of the Hidiv family of Egypt commissioned the Italian architect Edouard De Nari to build the estate, now the museum's main building, and it was used as a summer house for many years by various members of the Hidiv family; for a short time it also served as the Montenegran Embassy.
Vialand : Amusement park / Theme park and Shopping Center
Open everyday between: 10:00 - 22:00
Istanbul Toy Museum
The Istanbul Toy Museum is a story which Sunay Akın wrote for the beautiful tomorrows of his country. It was opened on 23 April 2005. The galleries host more than 4000 toys acquired in 20 years, from various antique dealers all over the world and through internet auctions. costs 8 TL.
The M. Rahmi Koc Museum
The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is the first major museum inTurkeydedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. Housed in magnificent buildings – which are prime examples of industrial archaeology - on the shore of the historicGolden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft.