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-Attractions September 11, 2016


Istanbul Turkey…. Istanbul was combination point of many civilization in history. The city is like bridge between east and west civilizations. Because of this, when you come to Istanbul Turkey,  you can find so many attractions for visit in your vacation. Don’t forget take pictures from amazing Istanbul views. There are so many beautiful place in Istanbul and ıf we want to make a list for this, we can’t. So, Do you want to make a tour for Istanbul? We worked hardly for you and we made a Istanbul attractions tour for you… Top 30 Fascinating Istanbul Attractions List.. Please, If like our list for better service Like&share our article at your social media accounts.


1 . Yıldiz Park

yildiz park istanbul

Photo, Murat Ekmen.

Yıldiz Park is located between Besiktaş and Ortaköy districts. The park is one of the biggest grove areas of the Istanbul Turkey. According to some historical souces; Yıldiz Park has some mithylogical stories. Famous Yildız mansion is in Yildiz Park. The mansion was very famous in the past, especially reign of Suleiman the Magnificent.  Also Abdulhamit II. who is an important Ottoman Empire sultan lived here for a long time.


2 . Istanbul Pierre Loti

an amazing winter view from istanbul

an amazing winter view from istanbul

Photo, Necmettin Çıplak

Maybe you know, name of this place belongs to famous French author Pierre Loti. This places has so many panaromic view for each season. According to famous author Pierre loti; This part of the Golden Horn and this part of the Istanbul are second home for him. By the way; Famous author name Pierre Loti is not a real name. Real name of the famous author is Julien Viaud.


3 . Rumeli Wharf

rumeli wharf

Photo, Mehmet Emre.

Rumeli Wharf (Türkeli Feneri ) is located in European side of Istanbul Turkey. Place of wharf is on the Bosphorus,  also this point links with Black Sea. It is 2 km far away from the Anatolian Wharf. The line whick links these two wharf is also known as north border of Istanbul Turkey.


4 . Suleymaniye Mosque


Photo, Uxio.

Suleymaniye Mosque was built for name of the Suleyman I. (1551-1557) Architect of the mosque is Mimar Sinan. Sinan is an amazing architect from Ottoman period. He made a lot of structure, monuments, mosque and more in during of Suleiman the Magnificent. Actually this amazing mosque is part of the great Suleymaniye Complex. The complex has so many section; mosque, turkish bath, madrasa and more….


5 . Istiklal Street

istiklal street

Photo, Yusuf Poyraz.

This famoud street of Istanbul Turkey is part of the oldest districts of Istanbul. The street is also known as Cadde – i Kebir in Turkey, the origin of this word comes from Arabic and means “big street.” Istiklal street starts from Taksim Square of Istanbun and goes to Karaköy.


6 . Princes’ Islands

princes' islands

Photo, Cantürk Karadeniz.

Thic section of Istanbul is known as Princes’ Islands or red islands. The islands are located in north side of the  European side of Istanbul.  Princes’ Islands have 9 small island. Also the islands is one of the districts of Istanbul. Names of the islands: Büyükada, Burgazada, Kınalıada, Sedef Adası,Sivriada, Yassıada, Kaşıkadası…


7 . Saint Antuan Church

Sain Antuan Church

Photo, Bino.

Saint Antuan Church is the largest community church of Istanbul. It is located on Istiklal Street. When you go to the tunnel Beyoglu, you can see this magnificent church on the right side of the street.


8 . Yedikule Dungeons

Yedikule dungeons

Photo, Sadullah Hazar.

Yedikule Dungeons is also known as Yedikule Fortress. The Dungeons is one of the oldest open air museum of Turkey. The Dungeons was used for quest house by King during the Byzantine period. It was was built by Theodosius. Fatih II the conqueror of the city added 3 towers  to the dungeons.


9 . Topkapi Palace

topkapi palace

Photo, Özgür Bilgin.

Topkapi palace is one of the most beautiful structure of the city. It was built by Ottomans. The main construction was started during the reign Mehmet II the Conqueror. It was center of the Ottoman government untill the Dolmabahce Palace was established.


10 . Chora Church

Chora church

Photo, Lütfü Akpulat.

Chora Church  is located in Karagümrük district of Istanbul. It was used as a church during the reign of Byzantine Empire. The church was turned into a mosque during the reign of the Mehmet II the Conqueror. Today, it is still a mosque.


11 . Grand Bazaar

grand bazaar

Photo, Jesse Kim.

Grand Bazaar is located among Nuruosmaniye, Beyazit and Mercan. This structure is largest covered bazaar of the world. It is also one of the largest covered bazaaar of Istanbul Turkey and world. It has 4. 000 small shop. You can find souvenir, jewel, turkish delight sop in Grand Bazaar. The shops have nearly 25.000 workers. This bazaar is one of the most touristy places of the world.


12. Hagia Irene Church

Hagia Irene

Photo,  Mahmut Ceylan.

This amazing structure is located in the first courtyard of Topkapi Palace. Like Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene church’s dates back to Constantine period. Also their architecture are smilar each other. There are so many church which turned into a mosque but Hagia Irene is not one of them. It still belongs to Byzantine Church period. It was built with ruins of Artemis, Apollo and Aphrodit Temples by Konstantin I.


13 . Khedive Palace

Khedive Palace

Photo, Mert Fatih Torgay.

Khedive Palece is in Beykoz discrit of Istanbul Turkey. It was built on orders of Abbas Hilmi Pasha by Italian architecture Delfo Seminati in 1903. The structure was made in art nouveau style. Owner of Khadive Palace Hilmi Pasha lived to there untill 1937.


14 . Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Istanbul Archaeology Museum

Istanbul Archaeology Museum is in Gulhane Park Istanbul. The museum was established for Ottoman Empire’s museum by Osman Hamdi Pasha at the en of the 19th century. The museum was opened to visitors in 1891. This museum has so many artworks, historical artifacts and more…


15 . Kadikoy Moda 

Photo, Ecmal Ta.

Kadikoy moda is one of the most beautiful places for meeting your friends in Istanbul Turkey. (read more..)

16 . Esma Sultan Mansion

Esma Sultan mansion

Photo, Stüdyo Dekor.

Style of architecture of the Esma Sultan Mansion is Neo- Classical. It is near of the Ortaköy district of Istanbul Turkey. The mansion was survived after a big fire. It was redintegrated after the big fire in 2001. The name of the mansion comes from Esma Sultan who is daughter of sultan Abdulaziz. Also the mansion is largest building of this area of Istanbul.


17 . Hagia Sophia Museum

Photo,Erhan Şaşmaz.

This amazing structure is historical museum in Istanbul Turkey. It was built on orders of Emperor Justinyen in period Byzantine. After the conquest of Istanbul, ıt was turned into a mosque by Sultan Mehmet II the conqueror. Hagia Sophia was used as a museum since 1935.

18 . Sultanahmet Square

sultanahmet square

Photo, Ümit V.

Sultanahmet Square is one of the most important places of Istanbul Turkey. It is known as “At Meydani (horse square)” in Ottoman Empire period. And Also known as Hippodrom during the reign of Byzantine Empire.

19 . Ortakoy Square

ortaköy square

Photo, Derya Özçelik.

Ortaköy is one of the famous districts of Istanbul and this square is amazing with its Bosphorus view. If you come to Ortaköy district someday, you must not forget to eat kumpir. -Kumpir is a traditional food from Turkish cuisine.-

20. Ihlamur Pavilion

Ihlamur Pavilion

Photo, Caner Şanlı.

Ihlamur Pavilion is located in between Beşikaş and Nişantaşı districts of Istanbul. It was built on orders of the Abdulmecit by Nigogos Balyan. It was made of cut stones. There is an excursion area in between Besiktas and Nisantaşı. Name of this excursion are is Ihlamur Mesiresi. the name of the pavilion comes from the this excursion area.

21. Sepetciler Palace

Photo, Çetin Demirkol.

Sepetçiler Palace is one of the two palaces of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul Turkey. It is located in Fatih district of Istanbul Turkey. The other pavilion is known as “Yalı Köşkü. The sultans of Ottomans watched the Ottoman navy from here.

22 . Gulhane Park

gulhane park

Photo, Emin Mathers.

Soğukçeşme Street that lies between Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia with its historical houses or Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu that goes down to Archaeology Museums from the first courtyard of the Palace takes you to Gülhane Park. Gülhane Park that has the look of a private grove was the outer garden within the borders of Topkapi Palace.  (read more)

23 . Haydarpaşa Train Station

Haydarpaşa Train station

photo,Soner Çal.

Haydarpaşa Train Station, built by the German Company which also constructed the Berlin - Baghdad railway, on an area of 3900 m., using gothic style  architecture. Connection from the Sirkeci Train Station on the European side is byy ferry. Also, today on both sides of the straits, there is speedy marine transport and ferry crossings.  Over 100 turkish bath houses built during the Ottoman period are still used. If you think come to Istanbul Turkey definitely you should see this station.

24 . Maiden’s Tower

maiden's tower

photo,  Abdulkadir Abaz.

Maiden’s tower is one of the most famous symbols of Istanbul Turkey. Maiden’s Tower is also known as Leander’s Tower. The tower is the guard of the meeting point of the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, offshore in Salacak very close to Usküdar. In the 12th century, Emperor Manuel Kommenos I (1143 -1180) built a defense tower in here, it also rumored that Emperor stretched a chain from Seraglio Point (Sarayburnu) to another tower for the security of Istanbul.

25. Galata Tower

Photo,  Uxio.

If you follow the Galip Dede Street that goes to Karaköy from the Tunnel, you will reach Galata Tower. It was built on another tower Genoese in 1348, who settled around Galata in 13th century. It constitued the Galata walls in this side, protecting Gneoese, and it was nearly functioning as a head tower. The tower also rose while raising the walls in 1446. It was demolished in level of brick stripes in a severe eartquake in 1509. Galata Tower is one of the most famous symbols of Istanbul Turkey.

26 . Florya Atatürk Mansion

Atatürk mansion

Photo, Özlem Acaroğlu.

The mansion is located in Bakırköy district of Istanbul Turkey.  It belongs to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who first president of Turkish Republic. The mansion was made by city hall of Republic periof the country and gave as a gift to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

27 . Dolmabahçe Palace

photo, Fatih Özdemir.

When the area where Dolmabahçe Palace is located was a small bay, it was filled and wooden kiosks were made by various sultans in the first half the 17th century. These kiosks were demolished and rebuilt many times; Dolmabahçe became a private garden of the sultans for purpose of entertainment and recreation. (read more)

28 . Cemberlitas Turkish Bath

Cemberlitas Turkish bath is one of the most famous Turkish baths of Istanbul Turkey. It was established in Cemberlitas district of the city. It is very close to Sultanahmet Square.

29 . Cicek Pasajı (Flower Passage)

Flower Passage

photo, Mustafa Dirik.

Çiçek Pasajı (literally Flower Passage in Turkish), originally called the Cité de Péra, is a famous historic passage (galleria or arcade) onİstiklal Avenue in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, Turkey. It connects İstiklal Avenue with Sahne Street. (source)

30 . Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

Basilica Cistern

photo, John Cavacas.

One thing the Basilica Cistern proves is that the old maxim still holds true: Nothing is how it seems. Despite the modest outher appreance with it small entrance, the cistern astounds visitors with its palatial interior. It lies next to the left side of Sultanahmet suquare and at the south western and of Haiga Sophia. As a result of this magnificent atmosphere and the large number of columns, the cistern is known as the Yerebatan Sarnici (Sunken Cistern) in Turkey, but was called the Basilica Cistern in Byzantium. It was constructed by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527-565). The amazing historical place is one of the most famous historical places of Istanbul Turkey.


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