Istanbul's Landmarks

Istanbul is a world metropolitan city with thousands of opportunities for investment in Turkey.

There are many landmarks you can spend years exploring and visiting. Istanbul’s history reaches from the Byzantine times to the Ottoman Empire era. It’s culturally vibrant with amazing historic buildings dating back hundreds of years, modern galleries and traditional bazaars.


Here is a list of What-Not-To-Miss-Out-On:


 1 - Basilica Cistern

The cistern is one of the most popular Istanbul landmarks with an exceptional atmosphere. The cistern that was built in the 6th century offers an insight into the complicated water system that once brought drinking water into Istanbul. The Cistern was forgotten for centuries until the late 20th century, when the Turkish government renovated it and opened it up again for tourists. It has been fitted with lights and music in the modern times for touristic purposes.


2 - Hagia Sophia Mosque and Museum

Hagia Sophia is by far Istanbul’s most famous landmark. If you have time to see only one thing when you visit Istanbul, make it Hagia Sophia! The Hagia Sophia Mosque is a former church, and now one of the most visited museums in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia hosts millions of visitors from all over the world yearly. You can learn about Roman, Ottoman, and modern Turkish history here, but the real highlight is in the incredible interior; the design features of both Christianity and Islam are seamlessly combined together in this magnificent building. Hagia Sophia is 1482 years old! This building has been standing up to the test of time for 1482 years and counting!



3 - The Dolmabahçe Palace

It was constructed in the mid-19th  century and served as the Ottoman Empire’s administrative center for 44 years. Dolmabahçe Palace is best known among Turkish people as the place where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk passed away in 1938.

It is one of Istanbul’s most visited tourist attractions. Some people marvel at its extravagant interior decor, 14 tons of gold and 131 handmade silk carpets were used in the decoration of Dolmabahce Palace!


4 - Galata Tower

The best way to see across the horizon of Istanbul is looking out from windows of Galata Tower, which is 66.90 meters tall. The Galata Tower was originally constructed as a watchtower in 1348. Remember to enjoy your meal with the amazing view in the restaurant that is located at the top of the tower.


5 - Blue Mosque

Possibly the most famous landmark, The Blue Mosque is being honored since 1616. The blue tiles that decorate the interior are stunning and make this one of the best places to visit in Istanbul. On the corner of the complex, you can find the tomb of Sultan Ahmed, the sultan who gave his name to both the mosque and the neighboring square.

6 - The Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s most famous and touristic market. It spreads across 60 streets. Nearly hosting half a million visitors on some days. Visiting The Grand Bazaar isn’t just one of the best things to do in Istanbul because of its shopping potential, it holds tons of history as well.


7 - İstiklal Avenue

The main pedestrian avenue in Istanbul. It runs for one mile from Galata Tower to Taksim Square. Along the road, it’s lined with boutiques, churches, museums, and the colorful Fish Market. The main activities are strolling and shopping.

If you don’t want to walk down Istiklal Avenue, you can take the tram that runs straight down the middle of the street.

Last Updated: 4/29/2019 12:09:21 PM