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Here is a list of some the most beautiful tourist attractions and important places in the city.

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    What is the first landmark to see in Istanbul after arrival? I guess you know the answer: Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque due to its interior colour. The priceless tiles inside the mosque are excellent examples of the tile art of the…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul. It was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent( the Lawgiver) and designed by Mimar Sinan, the renowned architect of the…
  3. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Basilica of St. Sophia, a Buzantine church for close 1000 years and an Ottoman mosque for 500 years, this historic treasure has been a museum since 1935. Now called the Ayasofya Museum, it is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all time…
  4. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Have you heard for the historical Turkish TV soap opera " Muhteşem Yüzyıl"? Well, it was one of the reasons why I wanted to enter and explore this palace by myself. Topkapı Palace was the residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. It was th…
    This review was featured on Monday April 17th, 2017
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Great Mecidiye Mosque is located in Ortaköy near the Bosphorus Bridge( also called the First Bridge) in the European side of Istanbul. The architect Nikogos Balyan built it in 1853 during the reign of Sultan Abdulmecid. The mosque was designed in …
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    A hill overlooking the Golden Horn in the district of Eyup is called Pierre Loti. It is named after Louis Marie Julien Viaud, a French author, orientalist and traveller, who lived between 1850 and 1923. When he visited Istanbul in 1876, he was impres…
  7. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Miniaturk is the world's largest park of mini models of the important landmarks that can be found in Turkey and counties that were once a part of the Ottoman Empire. There are 105 models of which 45 present structures from Istanbul, 45 from Anadolia …
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Grand Bazaar in Istanbul or Kapalıçarşı( covered market in Turkish) is the oldest and largest covered bazaar of the world. The Bazaar is situated between Nuruosmaniye Mosque and Beyazıt Mosque in Beyazıt Quarter. This labyrinth of streets and…
  9. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Dolmabahçe Palace is the first example of palaces set along the shores of the Istanbul Strait. The construction of the Dolmabahçe Palace began in 1842 at the command of Sultan Abdulmecid. Once Topkapi Palace was abandoned, the sultan and his fa…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Suleiman the Magnificent( Kanunî Sultan Süleyman- the Lawgiver or Muhteşem Süleyman) was born in Trabzon on November 6 1494. In his childhood he studied jewellery with his milk sibling Yahya Efendi. The Sultan inherited the throne when his father…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque from the 16th century is constructed with a single dome and minaret on the slope of a hill between Sultanahmet Mosque and Kucuk Ayasofya Mosque. This mosque is a masterpiece of Mimar Sinan and one of the most beautif…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The most important building in Sirkeci is the Sirkeci Train Station. The building was designed by a foreign architects as became the fashion in the later periods of Ottoman rule. It has been Istanbuls's gate to Europe, and the arrival place of Europe…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Between Sultan Ahmet Square and Divanyolu, next to the tram line, there is Firuz Agha Mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques in Istanbul and an important Ottoman building, built in 1491. On the first sight it looks like many other little mosques in…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Haydarpaşa Train Station is the major train terminal of Istanbul on the Asian side. It is also one of the most important monuments of Kadıköy. Its construction was completed in 1908. During the First World War some of the warehouses were used fo…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Türbe of the famous architect- mimar Sinan, the tomb of his own design, is in the cemetery just outside the walls of the Süleymaniye Mosque to the north, across a street named Mimar Sinan Caddesi in his honour. Despite creating so many glorious bui…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    On a significant site between Beşiktaş iskelesi- port and Beşiktaş Cd. there is a tomb of Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa( 1478 Midilli - July 4 1546 Istanbul), the first and most famous Grand Admiral of the Ottomans. He fought against piracy in Medi…
  17. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Kız Kulesi( The Maiden's Tower in English) is located in Üsküdar, in the Anatolian side of the city, not so far from its port. Walking further by the sea, you'll see the Maiden's Tower in the sea, two hundred meters from the coast. Today the to…
  18. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    In Beyoglu on the European side of Istanbul, by the Golden Horn- Halic, it is easy to notice a big round tower that distiguishes from the surroundings. That is the Genoese Tower Galata, the symbol of the Galata district that can be seen from various …
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, in Turkish Küçük Ayasofya Camii, was built under the name of Hagia Sergius and Bacchus Church. This early Christian structure was commissioned by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I and his wife Theodora between 527 and …
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Bazaar is one of the oldest and most important covered markets of Istanbul. Here they used to sell goods from Egypt, hence the name. There is a great offer of many different spices and other items from the Orient( Turkish d…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Dolmabahçe Mosque is located in front of Dolmabahçe Palace, with a clock tower between them, as a part of the palace complex. The structure was commissioned by Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan, queen mother of Sultan Abdülmecid. After she died, he conti…
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    If you find yourself at Taksim Square, on the way to Istiklal Street there is the Republic Monument. It was built in 1928 by the Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. The circumference of th…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Just next to the tram line at the Sultan Ahmet Square there is a monument that at present fails to attract the attention of passersby. The Million Stone is an unassuming broken column that was regarded as the starting point of all destinations when…
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Alay Pavilion was the building constructed above the outer wall of Top Kapi Palace for the sultans to watch the ceremonies. In the 16th century there was already a timber pavilion. The recent building was constructed in West European style by o…
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Opposite the tomb of Sultan Ahmet I stands the German Empire's gift to the Ottomans, the Aleman Cesmesi. The fountain was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to commemorate his second anniversary of visit to Istanbul in 1898. All parts of th…
  26. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Just behind Ayasofya, in the first courtyard of the Topkapi Palace there is a Byzantine building Aya Irini or Hagia Irene Church. It is one of the first Byzantine churches built during the reign of Constantine in the 4th century. In 532 it was burnt …
  27. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Column of the Goths( 18.5m) is the oldest monument of the Roman era in Istanbul, surviving intact up until our day. It is located in the exterior yard of Topkapi Palace, at the entrance of Sarayburnu of Gulhane Park. It was made up of Proconnes…
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    On Beyazıt Square, in the courtyard of Istanbul University's main campus there is Beyazıt Tower or Seraskier Tower. It is a beautiful 85 m tall fire-watch tower. It is impossible to come in and take a closer look of the monument as it is protect…
  29. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Column or Obelisk of Theodosius is one of three columns located in the Sultan Ahmet Square in Istanbul. It was originatelly set up by Tutmoses III of the 18th dynasty of Egypt fifteen centures BC along with a similar one at Karnak. An Egyptian hierog…
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Walled Column or Obelisk ( Örme Dikilitaş in Turkish) is one of three ancient monuments in Istanbul, which has survived to the present days. Its location is at the Sultan Ahmet Square, between the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Museum of Turkish and …
  31. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Serpent Columnor or Burmalı Sütun veya Yılanı Sütun( in Turkish) is a bronze monument, erected on the Roman Hippodrome, today the Sultan Ahmet Square. It is one of three monumental obelisks established by Constantine in order to commemorate impo…
  32. Free! "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Taksim Meydanı( square) is at the end of Istiklal Street. The square was the water distribution center of Istanbul in the past and so it took the name Taksim( Maksem). The name means distribution in Turkish. When the settlement increased on the shor…
  33. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Istiklal Street is the liveliest street in the European part of Istanbul, on the Golden Horn's east bank. It is Beyoğlu's main shopping, dining and night life avenue. Every day thousands walk through it. It is also one of the most important sym…
  34. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Hürrem Sultan or Roxelana was a daughter of a priest in the town of Rohatayn, near Lvov, today's Ukraine. She was sent to Kanuni Sultan Suleiman by Crimean Tatars. In accordance with traditions of Harem, she was renamed Hürrem, meaning smiling as s…
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Bazaar is hidden behind the Blue Mosque and has a certain historical appeal, despite the fact that it was re-built in the 1980s. My hotel was nearby and I walked through everyday. It is on only one long street with shops on boths sides. Arast…
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Wandering the streets around the old core of Istanbul, I found myself in front of an unusual building. The French Prison is situated in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, in the Kennedy Cd. just under the Kucuk Ayasofya Mosque. Upon the conces…
ulis says:
Excellent list!
Posted on: May 14, 2017
vicIII says:
Thanks for your interesting and detailed list, my friend!:)
Posted on: May 13, 2017
joyful_pilgrim says:
I love Istanbul! Good list, and many attractions I missed on my visit. No Aya Sophia? (It's the reason I went to Istanbul -- admittedly its glory is faded, but for sheer engineering of the dome and place in history it is impressive). My favourite mosque was Rustem Pasha, by the Egyptian Spice market, with beautiful Iznik tiles. The Underground Cistern was interesting also -- drippy and weird with the upside down medusas heads. Also I went to a performance of the sema (whirling dervish dance) at the Sirkeci station, which was among my most memorable experiences in Turkey, but even without the performance, Sirkeci station would have interested me, as it is featured in Agatha Christie's _Murder on the Orient Express_ The Grand Bazaar (covered market) was a bit bewildering -- I much preferred the scale of the Egyptian Spice Market -- but it was part of my "Istanbul experience." Finally, quaint little Ortakoy with its charming baroque mosque, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus was nice -- very relaxing just to cruise the Bosphorus on a Sunday afternoon or watch the hundreds of men fishing from the bridges.
Posted on: May 03, 2017
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