Istanbul is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of places to visit. For centuries, there are hundreds of places to visit in the city under the great empire. Even the settlement, which is located just around the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus, is only able to influence all the foreigners who see it for the first time and it is even increasing. With all these beauties, Istanbul is at the top of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.
There are hundreds of places to visit on every corner of the city, especially Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia Museum, Yerebatan Tributary, etc., located on the Historical Peninsula. Millions of tourists flock to Istanbul each year to see important historic buildings, palaces and museums. How many of the most important places in Istanbul do we see or know?
Istanbul Places to Visit
I have written 10 most important places for you to visit in Istanbul. You can click on the titles or images to get detailed information about sightseeing spots. Here are places to visit in İstanbul.
Topkapi Palace, one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, not only of Turkey, is the most important structure of Istanbul, which has been host to the Ottoman State for centuries. Please visit the Divan-ı Hümayu, Baghdad Mansion, Harem and Sacred Relics in the palace converted into a museum in 1924.
The Sultanahmet Mosque was built between the years 1609 and 1616 by Ahmet I, the most beautiful and important mosque in Istanbul. It is also known as “Blue Mosque” by Europeans because of the blue Iznik tiles that the mosque built by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga has. The mosque, which has six minarets, is distinguished by its similarity.
Hagia Sophia Museum
The Haghia Sophia Museum is one of the oldest and most important structures in the city, built in 532 at the command of Emperor Justinian. Hagia Sophia, which was used as a daily museum in 1934, has magnificent interior adornments, mosaics and unique architecture. A bronze column carved in the middle of the museum draws attention. Over time, the sacred pillars were named Dilek Sutunu.
The Grand Bazaar is not just a list of places to visit in Istanbul, but one of the most important and most visited tourist attractions in the world. Founded in 1461 by Fatih Sultan Mehmet’s orders, Kapalıçarşı, which houses 4000 shops on 64 streets, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. If you are not going to go shopping, do not miss this magnificent bazaar.
Dolmabahçe Palace built by Sultan Abdülmecit in 1856 in order not to fulfill the necessary conditions of the period of Topkapi Palace, is one of the most impressive constructions of Istanbul. Designed by architect Garabet Balyan and his son Nikogos; Crystal Ladder, Bab-i Hümayun Gate, Kuğulu Pool, Ceremonial Hall and Atatürk’s Bedroom.
Built between 1551 and 1558, Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the most beautiful glass of the world, not only of Turkey. Mimar Sinan is a monumental work and it is built for Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. There are mosques, madrasahs and other social buildings in this building. In the courtyard of the mosque, the surnames of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman and his wife Hürrem Sultan can be seen.
Yerebatan Cistern, built in 532 by Iustinianos to meet the water needs of the Great Palace, is our favorite places in our list of places to visit in Istanbul. Medusa Baş is one of the most striking parts of the structure with 336 columns supported and an impressive atmosphere.
The Maiden’s Tower is one of the most elegant symbols of Istanbul. The tower, which dates back to the 4th century BC, has served many purposes for centuries. The tower, in which a restaurant is located, hosts thousands of visitors every day. You can reach the boats from Salacak to reach the tower where many legends are also about.
The Galata Tower, 70 meters long, was built in the 6th century AD. During the history of the structure, which was first used as a lighthouse tower, it has functions such as dungeon, fire watch, observatory. Today, there is a café and restaurant which is used as a viewing terrace.
Eminönü’s most important structures, the Egyptian Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar are among the most touristic and important shopping spots in Istanbul. Also known as the “Spice Bazaar”, the building is located next to the New Mosque, one of the city’s most important mosques. You can find products such as spices, souvenirs, nuts, honey, home furnishings, clothes in Egypt Bazaar.
Bonus: Istanbul Bosphorus
No Istanbul tour should be completed before going out on the Bosphorus. Do not leave the city without seeing the Bosphorus, one of the most beautiful places in the world, for a few hours. Eminönü, Ortaköy, Üsküdar, etc. You can join the most impressive activities of the city by participating in tours organized for 1-2 hours. Moreover, the trips which are called 1-1.5 hours and Short Bosphorus Tour are 10-15 TL per person.
Where should I stay in Istanbul, which hotel?
In fact, it would be wrong to say that you should stay in the following regions in Istanbul. But some points throughout the city are especially good for short trips to Istanbul. If you are going to visit the city and want to feel Istanbul somewhat more, you can choose boutique hotels around the Historical Peninsula and Sultanahmet Square, which hosts the most touristic structures of the city. This area is a little safer because it hosts many tourists and it is quiet in the evening.
Antea Hotel Oldcity is located in Sultanahmet Square. There are hundreds of boutique hotels around Sultanahmet. It is a nice place to stay in Sirkeci near the region. From here you can walk to Sultanahmet and get a tram ride. The 3 star Ersoy Hotel – Sirkeci Group is a nice facility located here. Another area close to Sultanahmet is Laleli. Take a look at the 3-star Hotel Poletdemir, close to the Beyazit Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
If you prefer a lively district, you can see the hotels around Galata, Beyoglu and İstiklal Caddesi. In these areas, be careful not to choose facilities that are a bit more active at night, but are located in too many intermediate streets. Situated a few minutes’ walk from Taksim Square, the Ottopera Hotel stands out with its high rating.
Outside these regions; Ataturk Airport surroundings, Besiktas, Şiş, Mecidiyekoy, Etiler, Üsküdar, Kadıköy are places you can stay. Of course you have to deal with some traffic to the tourist spots from these regions.