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The Historical Istanbul

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Istanbul is a great city connecting Europe and Asia, it is a great city for history, food and architecture lovers. In this guide you will get the best of the Historical Istanbul.I have made sure to include all the great historical attractions in one tour.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

25 Places

6 City Tips

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25 Places

Day 1

Basilica Cistern

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

Hagia Sophia Museum

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites

Great Palace Mosaics Museum

History Museums, Art Museums, Ancient Ruins

Istanbul Archaeological Museum

History Museums

New Hatay Restaurant

Restaurants

Eminonu Square

Neighborhoods

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Yeni Camii

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)

, Gift & Specialty Shops

Day 2

Topkapi Palace

History Museums

Turbes Museum

History Museums

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

History Museums, Art Museums

Blue Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Kapali Carsi

, Flea & Street Markets

Suleymaniye Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Day 3

Dolmabahce Palace

Architectural Buildings

Dolmabahce Mosque

Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites

Taksim Square

Neighborhoods

Istiklal Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Galata Mevlevi Museum

History Museums

Galata Tower

Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers

Galata Koprusu

Bridges

Ortakoy

Neighborhoods

Buyuk Mecidiye Cami

Sacred & Religious Sites

MahAshraf's City Tips

  • Make sure your hotel is on the Tram. My favourite area in Istanbul is Sirkeci, it is close to the Sultanahmet and to the Galata bridge which takes to the istiklal street and taksim square
  • Get all your taxis from the hotel and make sure they use a meter as many taxis will try to force you to pay higher fares or even adjust their meters so you pay them more.
  • Avoid booking tours with travel agencies as it is too expensive and you can arrange way better tours on your own.
  • Visit Istanbul in Summer. The weather in winter will be very cold and most of the parks and gardens will be covered with snow and you won't be able to enjoy them
  • It would be great to buy the Museum card from the first day. It is the best way to visit all the museums at a good price. Make sure to get it from a less crowded museum
  • Make sure to buy the Istanbulkart from the first day, as it is the fastest and cheapest way to travel around
    Day 1
  • Basilica Cistern
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The Basilica Cistern is a magnificent structure beneath the streets of Istanbul. It was built in 476 AD as a water storage. It is famous for its infinite marble columns and for the thick fire brick walls. At the end of the cistern you will see the amazing Medusa head used as an inverted column base. Plan to spend from one to two hours in the cistern.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get there early as queues are very long and it is not included in the Museum card
    • For photographers make sure to have a good flash as some parts are very dark
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic! 05/12/2020
    • Must see 05/01/2020
    • Basilica Cistern
    Address:
    Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3
    Istanbul 34410
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 512 15 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The Amazing building will stun you as soon as you see it. It was built as a church and converted to a mosque by Sultan Mehmet the conquerer. The main part of the building is amazing and the dome is bigger your expectations. Climb the stone ramp to the upper deck to get a magnificent view of the dome and the building as a whole. Don't forget to observe the mosaics on the walls of the upper deck.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to have your museum card before visiting Hagia Sophia to avoid very long queues.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great 05/16/2020
    • A beautiful structure. 05/14/2020
    • Hagia Sophia Museum
    Address:
    Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 1750
    Price range:
    $40 - $40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Great Palace Mosaics Museum
    History Museums, Art Museums, Ancient Ruins
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The mosaic museum is situated inside the Arasta bazaar. It contains mosaics from the Byzantine palaces. You should visit it if you are interested in Byzantine history and architecture.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take a walk in the Arasta bazaar before entering the museum, it contains authentic turkish items,
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing mosaics 03/22/2020
    • Lovely Mosaics 03/05/2020
    • Great Palace Mosaics Museum
    Address:
    Arasta CarsIsI
    Sultanahmet Mahallesi
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 12 05
    Other:
  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum
    History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    Built by the ottomans in the 19th century, the Archaeological museum of Istanbul houses 1 million items. You will find items from Egypt, Levant and Anatolia. Make sure to visit all parts of the museum to see items from all civilisations.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    • Nice 05/03/2020
    • Must-visit Complex 04/14/2020
    • Istanbul Archaeological Museum
    Address:
    Alemdar Cad. Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu Sk, Gulhane
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 520 77 40
    Other:
  • New Hatay Restaurant
    Restaurants (Turkish)
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The restaurant is situated in a street in Sirkeci and it is a great place to have your lunch before heading to Eminonu. Try to get an outdoor table. The prices are reasonable and the staff are friendly. You will be offered complimentary deserts and tea.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Try the authentic Urfa Kebab, my personal favourite.
    • Don't forget the Yaprak Sarma as an appetiser.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 9,945 restaurants in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great spot for food or just drinks 02/29/2020
    • Nice restaurant 02/26/2020
    • New Hatay Restaurant
    Address:
    Hocapasa Mahallesi, Hudavendigar Caddesi, Mehmet Murat Sokak No: 8/7
    Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 512 91 71
  • Eminonu Square
    Neighborhoods
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The beautiful square over-looking the golden horn must be visited and it is definitely the best place to spend your first evening in Istanbul. Spend some time strolling the square. Don't forget to try the sweet corn sold on stalls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 01/31/2020
    • Awesome 12/20/2019
    • Eminonu Square
    Address:
    Eminonu Square
    Eminonu Square, Istanbul
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 506 769 33 92
    Other:
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The hidden gem of Eminonu. The mosque is decorated using magnificent blue ionic tiles. Try to ask one of the local shop keepers about the entrance as you won't find it easily. One of the most peaceful and quite mosques of Istanbul

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Search for the entrance or ask one of the local shop keepers
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth finding in the maze of Eminonu! 03/01/2020
    • Totally covered up for renovation 01/27/2020
    • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Address:
    62 HasIrcIlar Carsisi
    Eminonu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
  • Yeni Camii
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    MahAshraf Says:

    New is relative. The mosque was started in 1597 and finished in 1665. Great from the outside and beautiful from the inside, plan to spend some time there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Under renovation 09/19/2019
    • Not to be missed 08/19/2019
    • Yeni Camii
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa, Yeni Cami Cd. No:3
    Eminonu
    Istanbul 34116
    Turkey
  • Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    , Gift & Specialty Shops
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The spice bazaar is considered by some people to be better than the grand bazaar. You will find all authentic turkish goods, spices, clothes, handcrafts are all available. It may be a little crowded in the evening but make sure to visit it while in eminonu

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 715 Shopping in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • RIP OFF 04/24/2020
    • Street shoppers' Paradise 04/22/2020
    • Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92
    Eminonu - Fatih
    Istanbul 34116
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 513 65 97
  • Day 2
  • Topkapi Palace
    History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    Simply the best. You will be able to know how extravagant the sultan's life was. The palace is made up of 4 courtyards each containing a couple of rooms and galleries. In the second courtyard you will find the kitchen which houses the china ware of the sultan. It also contains the imperial council hall right beneath the famous tower of justice. The third courtyard contains the royal jewellery museum and other galleries showcasing the treasures of the ottomans. The Harem section is worth a visit as it contains some extremely beautiful rooms. The final courtyard contains some of the sultan's private kiosk and a magnificent terrace with overlooks the Bosphorus, Marmara sea and the golden horn.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try searching for a map and don't forget any of the galleries
    • The islamic relics section has the same dress rules as mosques
    • The harem has an independant ticket which must be booked from outside (included in museum card)
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ottoman Empire 05/29/2020
    • Rich History in an Amazing setting. 05/14/2020
    • Topkapi Palace
    Address:
    Cankurtaran Mahallesi
    Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    (0212) 512 04 80
    Other:
  • Turbes Museum
    History Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The sultan's tombs are outside Hagia Sophia and can be entered for free. The entrance is hard to find, it is a few minutes walk in the Sultanahmet direction from the Topkapi gates. It contains the tombs of some of the most of the powerful ottoman sultans. Although it doesn't have a high rating it is worth a visit to know more about the ottoman life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ask some local for the entrance
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #320 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    • Peaceful 05/27/2018
    • At the rear of the Haghia Sophia 10/16/2017
    • Turbes Museum
    Address:
    Sultan Ahmet Kabasakal Cad, Nalbasti Sok No:2
    Fatih
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 29 19
    Other:
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
    History Museums, Art Museums
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The museum was once the palace of one of the most powerful grand viziers of the empire, Pargali Ibrahim Pasha. The museum contains many items that tells you more about the life of the ottomans. The museum is adjacent to the famous blue mosque

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Astounding and educative !!!!! 04/27/2020
    • Nice museum 03/22/2020
    • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
    Address:
    MeydanI Sok. No:46
    Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi,
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 18 05
    Other:
  • Blue Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The famous Sultanahmet is one of the most known monuments of Istanbul. Take your time to admire the wall tiles and the calligraphic paintings. If you are not a muslim avoid visiting during times of prayer as the mosque will be closed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to find a quiet spot as it may be overcrowded.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holier than thou! 05/29/2020
    • Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant 05/18/2020
    • Blue Mosque
    Address:
    Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 458 44 68
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Kapali Carsi
    , Flea & Street Markets
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The most famous bazaar in Istanbul. The easiest way to get there is taking the tram to Beyazit station. Take your time while walking through the bazaar and note the price range not to be scammed. In my opinion, the grand bazaar contains treasures for those who know how to search

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try to bargain as much as you can, most sellers multiply the real price by 2 or 3 so that they don't lose much even if they cut down the price
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Istanbul 04/12/2020
    • Nice market 03/22/2020
    • Kapali Carsi
    Address:
    Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22
    Istanbul 34126
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 519 12 48
    Other:
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The Suleymaniye mosque is few minutes walk from the bazaar and is considered to be one of the most important mosques in Istanbul. The mosque was built by the great architect Sinan. Behind the mosque is the tomb of Suleiman the magnificent and his famous wife Hürrem sultan, plan to spend a few minutes there.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Words are inadquate! 05/24/2020
    • Heritage of Ottoman Sultan Suleyman 05/14/2020
    • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Address:
    Prof. SIddIk Sami Onar Cd. No:1
    Süleymaniye Mah
    Istanbul 34116
    Turkey
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Dolmabahce Palace
    Architectural Buildings
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    MahAshraf Says:

    In the early morning, take a tram to Kabatas and walk to the palace. The palace was built in the 19th century to show the empire's wealth. It is considered to be one of the most extravagant palaces in Europe. 14 tonnes of gold were used in decorating the palace. The ceremonial hall contains Europe's biggest crystal chandelier. The palace is known for the extensive use of baccarat crystal. The Harem section is worth a visit as it contains some beautiful salons and the deathbed of Atatürk. Spend a plenty of time in the painting gallery as it is well decorated and contains some great paintings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try not to follow the tour guide, spend all the time you can inside the palace
    • The painting gallery, clock museum and the crystal pavilion can be easily missed, make sure to search for them and visit them
    • You will be free to tour the painting gallery on your own pace, it is as beautiful as the palace, make sure to spend as much time as you want.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Largest Palace in Turkey - Dolmabahce.... 05/13/2020
    • Amazing 05/03/2020
    • Dolmabahce Palace
    Address:
    Visnezade Mahallesi
    Dolmabahce Cd
    Istanbul 34357
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 236 90 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dolmabahce Mosque
    Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The dolmabahce mosque is close to the palace and is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul. Although it is small it is very well decorated. Plan to pass by it while you are walking from the palace to Kabatas

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #139 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    • Not a must-see! 03/11/2020
    • Mosque before you enter to pavilion free 12/15/2019
    • Dolmabahce Mosque
    Address:
    Omer Avni Mh., Dolmabahce Cd.
    Right beside Dolmabahce Palace
    Istanbul 34357
    Turkey
  • Taksim Square
    Neighborhoods
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    Take the funicular from Kabatas to Taksim after visiting the Dolmabahce. Taksim square is the most known square in Istanbul, spend some time in the centre of the square then head to the Istiklal street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    • Memorable Spot for Civil Movement 04/27/2020
    • Shopping Paradise 04/08/2020
    • Taksim Square
    Address:
    Gumussuyu Mh.
    Istanbul 34437
    Turkey
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Istiklal Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The most famous street in Istanbul. Try to listen to some street musician and eat an ice cream. The street starts from Taksim square and ends in Beyoglu. Try to get to the Heritage tram using your IstabulKart.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best shopping street in Istanbul 05/08/2020
    • The Heart of Istanbul 04/27/2020
    • Istiklal Street
    Address:
    Istiklal Street Taksim
    Beyoglu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 532 421 61 64
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Galata Mevlevi Museum
    History Museums
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    Located in at the end of the Istiklal street, it is situated in one side of Beyoglu square. The museum contains some of the items of the mevlevi dervishes as this is the oldest tekkie in Istanbul. Make sure to witness the Sema ceremony. Check their website in advance to know the exact times of the ceremony.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book your tickets for the sea ceremony in advance as they are quite popular
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Whirling Dervishes 02/18/2020
    • Great 01/19/2020
    • Galata Mevlevi Museum
    Address:
    Sahkulu Mah. Galip Dede Cad. No:15
    Beyoğlu
    Istanbul 34420
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 245 41 41
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Galata Tower
    Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    After you finish your tour in Beyoglu head to the galata tower. The tower caters-for the best 360 degree views of the city. The terrace is narrow so try to climb the tower when there are few tourists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing tower 05/17/2020
    • Awesome view 04/14/2020
    • Galata Tower
    Address:
    Buyuk Hendek Cad. 2
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 293 81 80
    Other:
  • Galata Koprusu
    Bridges
    See more photos
    MahAshraf Says:

    The galata bridge is the best way to experience the golden horn after you get down from the tower. The bridge will take you back to eminonu square. There are many fish restaurants beneath the bridge which you should try.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well-Known Bridge 04/14/2020
    • Galata Bridge 03/30/2020
    • Galata Koprusu
    Address:
    Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Mahallesi
    Beyoglu
    Istanbul 34425
    Turkey
  • Ortakoy
    Neighborhoods
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    MahAshraf Says:

    The best place to spend the last evening in Istanbul is Ortakoy. Take the ferry from any port to Ortakoy and you will be there in few minutes. The area is famous for its great views of the bosphorus bridge and for its restaurants and cafes. The main attraction in the area is the Ortakoy mosque (also known as Buyuk Mecidiye Cami).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Intersting neighborhood at base of bridge! 03/11/2020
    • Casual Bosporous side area one can loiter around 02/01/2020
    • Ortakoy
  • Buyuk Mecidiye Cami
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    MahAshraf Says:

    The Buyuk Mecidiye Cami (Ortakoy mosque) is the most beautiful Baroque mosque in Istanbul, built as an imperial mosque by sultan Abdulmecid the Buyuk Mecidiye Cami is one the best places in Istanbul

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,347 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really loved this small mosque. But do it only if you have time. 01/19/2020
    • Ortakoy 01/18/2020
    • Buyuk Mecidiye Cami
    Address:
    Mecidiye Mah. Cami Sok. No:2
    Ortakoy, Besiktas
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Other:
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