Istanbul Attractions

One of the oldest cities in the world spanning times from the Roman Empire to the 21st Century there are all manner of interesting sights, activities and locations to explore here on the border between Europe and Asia.

Here are some of the most interesting locations and some notes on them.

Hagia Sophia – Now a museum this historic structure has been a Orthodox Christian Church, an Islamic Mosque and of course always a magnificent monument to the power of the empires which have revolved around Istanbul. Located in one of the older areas of the city, traditionally Eminönü or today called Fatih district. Read more here

Fatih – The district containing Eminönü , The New Mosque, Galata Bridge and many other of the major sights in the city that tourists wish to see.

Beylerbeyi Palace –  Enjoy amazing historic buildings that once was used by state visitors to the Ottoman empire in the days when Istanbul was it’s capital.  Also used in the warm summer as a residence of the Sultans this building has been rebuilt many times but the current structure is from 1861 and offers more than 5 large state visiting rooms as well as a number of smaller ones.  Read more here

Cruise the Bosphorus – Of course the bridge is over water and water means boats so don’t be suprised to find many options for enjoying the sea. Read more about Bosphorus Cruises.

Grand Bazaar – There are many Bazaars in the world, and quite a few which are Grand, but The Grand Bazaar or Kapali Carsi is something unique to Istanbul.

Galata Tower
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Golden Horn
Galata Bridge
Chora Church
Topkapı Palace
Walls of Constantinople
Dolmabahçe Palace
Hagia Irene
Istanbul Aquarium
Maiden’s Tower
Church of the Holy Apostles
Emirgan Park
Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Süleymaniye Mosque
Pera Museum
Yoros Castle
İstiklal Avenue
Little Hagia Sophia
New Mosque
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Fatih Mosque Istanbul
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Mihrimah Mosque
Ortaköy Mosque
Church of St George Istanbul
Laleli Mosque
Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Rüstem Pasha Mosque
Şehzade Mosque
Yıldız Palace
Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Arap Mosque
Church of St Anthony of Padua Istanbul
Malta Kiosk