All About Istanbul
Istanbul is the only city in the world that connects the two continents. It has been the capital of the world’s largest empires. Different people, different states have left a mark in this city. In this big city, there are many places to visit and museums.
Especially the historical treasures left by the Ottoman Empire and the Byzantine Empire are worth seeing. It has very important historical works that have survived until today. All of historical heritages left by both Ottoman and Byzantine for today. Visitors from all over the world come to see these historical artifacts.
Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities to see. Because it is a city that deserves it with its natural beauty and historical heritage. Among the most important places, we can count popular places such as Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Galata Tower, Chora Church. We have prepared a list for you for all these places.
The best places to visit in Istanbul;
Bosphorus; The most beautiful place in Istanbul. You will be amazing by its enchanting natural beauty. Attending a boat trip between Asia and Europe is a must-do activity.
Topkapi Palace; A magnificent palace where the Ottoman sultans lived. It will take you back in history. Be sure to see it.
Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia); A great work that has remained from Byzantine until today. It has the largest dome in its period. It served as a church, a cathedral and a mosque. Today it continues to serve as a museum.
Basilica Cistern; It is a water tank to meet water Istanbul needs. It will be fun to walk around the pillars.
Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque); Blue Mosque is built for the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet II. Blue mosque has with six minarets. It is called blue because it is made of blue tiles inside the mosque.
Grand Bazaar; It is the oldest and largest covered market in the world. There are thousands of small shops that do all kinds of trade inside. It has set an example for making today’s shopping malls.
Spice Bazaar; It is called Spice Bazaar because it is often sold as a spice. It is the second largest covered market.
Dolmabahce Palace; It is a more modern palace built by the Ottoman sultans in the last period, on the Bosphorus coast. It is larger than the Topkapi Palace.
Maiden’s Tower; It was built on Byzantine times on small islets. Ships passing through the Bosphorus are lighthouses that prevent them from hitting the rocks.
Galata Tower; One of the tallest and oldest towers in Istanbul. It was built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defensive wall surrounding its areas in Galata.
Rumeli Fortress; It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Fatih Sultan Mehmet. It is on the European side. In order to prepare for the conquest of Istanbul, it was made to cut the aid to the Byzantine and to control the throat.
Beylerbeyi Palace; It was built by the Ottoman sultans as a summer palace. It is on the coast of the Bosphorus on the Asian continent.
Chora Church; It is a church built in Byzantine time. There are many beautiful mosaics visuals inside. Jesus and Mary are the main figures.
Hippodrome; The Byzantine hippodrome in Sultanahmet Square is nothing to date. It is known as hippodrome square. In the square there is Obelisk, serpentine Column, German fountain, Ibrahim pasha palace.
Süleymaniye Mosque; It was built on behalf of Magnificent Sultan Süleyman, and by the world famous architect Sinan. It is located in a large complex next to the mosque.
Eyüp Sultan Mosque; It is the Mosque and the Tomb where the water flowing from its fountain is sacred and the courtyard is decorated with centuries-old plane trees. It is one of the greatest historical heritages that the Ottoman left to Istanbul.
Istanbul Archeology Museum; The museum is one of the largest museums on the world, with more than a million works of various cultures. Archeological Museum, the oldest museum building in Turkey.
Camlıca Hill; It is the highest hill of Istanbul on the Asian side. From here, you can watch the entire Bosphorus and Istanbul. It has a beautiful view.
Pierre Loti Hill; It is the highest hill on the Golden Horn side. From here you can watch all the estuary shores.
Aya Irini Church; It is in the garden of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. It is at the back side of Hagia Sophia. Aya Irini is the largest Byzantine church in Istanbul, that has not been turned into a mosque.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque; The Little Hagia Sophia mosque was built as a church in the Byzantine period and was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul.
Taksim and Istiklal Street; Taksim is the most popular meeting place in Istanbul. Istiklal street is the most lively and always crowded street of Istanbul.
Princes’ Islands; This islands are 1 hour away from Istanbul by ferry boat, in the sea of Marmara. It is crowded on weekends and summer. Very quietest place in Istanbul without engine noise.
You can see all these places when you come to Istanbul. One must not forget the unique Turkish cuisine. Traditional Turkish dishes and many flavors of the world cuisine await you together. There are many reasons to come to Istanbul. We will be happy to see you in Istanbul.