Main Attractions & Sightseeing in Istanbul - Istanbul travel information guide

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Information on Istanbul

Our Istanbul travel information guide here details sightseeing information on the main tourist attractions within Istanbul, Turkey. From ornate Ottoman palaces and elegant mosques, or older Byzantine churches with beautiful mosaics to many other ancient relics from this once powerful empire, find out more here...

blue mosqueThe Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is so named because of the beautiful blue Iznik tiles decorating the interior. Officially called the 'Sultan Ahmet Mosque' by locals...


hagia sophia churchHagia Sophia

This massive church is one of the greatest architectural feats of its day - famed as the largest church in the world for 1000 years...


Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace

Soon after the city was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II - the Conqueror, began to build Topkapi Palace including the...


Underground Cistern Underground Cistern

The Underground Cistern today is a atmospherically spotlighted massive underground water cavern of beautiful arches and Roman support columns...


Suleymaniye Mosque

Built by the greatest known architect of the Ottoman Empire - Sinan, between 1550 -1557, Suleymaniye Mosque stands as undoubtedly his greatest work in Istanbul...
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Rumeli Fortress

Situated on the narrowest point of the Bosphorus strait, with the aim of closing off aid to the flailing Byzantines, this was built by Sultan Mehmet II prior to the conquest of Istanbul...
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The Hippodrome served as an ancient racetrack where ancient chariot races, athletic competitions were held, and was centrally decorated with the Egyptian Obelisk and other famous columns...
       hippodrome more   |    Old City Tour

Pera & Galata Area

Pera, meaning 'opposite shore' to the harbor of the Golden Horn, or Galata in Byzantine times, is today's Taksim downtown and dining area. In its lifetime it has seen Jewish, Italian and French inhabitants and this is evident today in its variety of churches, historical buildings, picturesque arcades, old Ottoman hans and bazaars...
       pera & galata more   |    Pera & Golden Horn Tour

Princes' Islands

There are a total of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara not far from the city of Istanbul, known as the Princes' Islands, as they served as the place of exile for disgraced princes in days gone by...
       princes islands more   |    Princes' Islands Tour

Chora Church

Chora church is famous for its beautiful mosaics depicting the life of Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as other attractive frescoes from the 11th century, and are some of the most well preserved from the Roman era in Turkey...
       chora church more   |    Pera & Golden Horn Tour

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace was a decadent 19th century residence of the final 6 sultans of the fading Ottoman Empire, and is a sumptuously decorated elegant palace along the shore of the Bosphorus...
       dolmabahce palace more   |    Bosphorus Shores Tour

Beylerbeyi Palace

Built between 1861-1865 by the Balyan Brothers, it was used as the summer palace of the Ottoman sultans...
       beylerbeyi palace more   |    Bosphorus Shores Tour

Galata Tower

Galata Tower was built by a Genoese colony in 1348 as a part of their fortifications. From the early 13th century, after the fourth crusade, there had been a Genoese settlement in the city, as Latin Kings had been in power from 1204 - 1216...
       galata tower more   |    Pera & Golden Horn Tour

Jewish Interest Sites in Istanbul

Of the 25,000 Jews living in Turkey, 22,000 of them reside in Istanbul. Most of them are ancestors of those expelled from Spain in 1492. Although they are Orthodox Jews, their practices are a bit different...
       jewish synagogues more   |    Jewish Heritage Tour

Shopping in Istanbul

Istanbul abounds with dazzling bazaars, colorful street markets, small local specialized merchants and great shopping malls...


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