Beyoglu District and the Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Attractions

Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Museum

Location: Sultanahmet

Type: Museums

Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Museum

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Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Cami

If the wail of the minarets doesn't awaken your senses, then one of Istanbul's most visited mosque- the Sultanahmet/ Blue Mosque- certainly will. ...more »

  • Location: Sultanahmet
  • Type: Mosques

Cemberlitas Turkish Bath - Hamam

Cemberlitas Hamam is one of the most historical Turkish baths in Istanbul. The Hamam was commissioned by Nurbanu Sultan, the wife of Sultan Selim II as a charitable foundation for the poor. ...more »

  • Location: Cemberlitas
  • Type: Architect Sinans Works
  • Tel: +90-212-5227974

Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsi

Prepare your wallet and your nerves for Istanbul's chaotic and colourful Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. ...more »

  • Location: Grand Bazaar
  • Type: Old Bazaars

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks, and is one of the oldest towers in the world. ...more »

  • Location: Galata
  • Type: Monuments and Towers

Topkapi Palace

Towering over the Bosphorous and Marmara Sea in what was once ancient Constantinople, Topkapi Palace in Sultanahmet is one of Istanbul’s most visited tourist attractions. ...more »

  • Location: Sultanahmet
  • Type: Palaces

Hagia Sophia - Ayasofya Museum

Hagia Sophia, once the greatest church in the Christian world until its conversion into a mosque in 1453, is now one of Istanbul's most well known and breathtakingly beautiful museums. ...more »

  • Location: Sultanahmet
  • Type: Museums

Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Museum

Taking visitors to the tranquil depths of Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is the city's largest covered reservoir. It was built in 532 AD on the site of a great basilica. ...more »

  • Location: Sultanahmet
  • Type: Museums

Turkuazoo Aquarium

Turkuazoo is Turkey’s first giant aquarium over 8.000 sqm. This next generation aquarium is located inside the Forum Istanbul shopping mall in Bayrampasa. ...more »

  • Location: Bayrampasa
  • Type: For Children
  • Tel: +90-212-6402740

Spice Bazaar - Misir Carsisi

If the Grand Bazaar is the father of Istanbul’s bazaars, then the Spice Bazaar is its pretty little daughter. ...more »

  • Location: Eminonu
  • Type: Old Bazaars

Kadikoy on Asian Side

Kadikoy, a former Greek colony, is one of the oldest settlements in Istanbul. Although not much remains of its past, Kadikoy provides a glimpse into the “real” Istanbul of today. ...more »

  • Location: Kadikoy - Asian side
  • Type: Popular Districts

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Our Local Experts say:

One could spend a lifetime in Istanbul and never do everything there is to do. The city’s historical sites, mosques and museums are some of its biggest draw cards, not to mention its bazaars, waterways, tea gardens and parks.

Our guide has been put together by locals living and experiencing Istanbul, which includes some of the most popular sites as well as those a bit more off the beaten track. We are proud to bring you one of the most up-to-date and comprehensive guides to attractions in Istanbul!


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