Monuments and Attractions

Among the hundreds of points of interest in Istanbul, there are many that no traveller should miss. These are, in our opinion, the unmissable sights.

Our five favourites

Hagia Sophia

Built in the 6th Centruy, the Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya as the Turks call it, is the symbol of Istanbul.

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmed Camii) is the most important religious building in Istanbul, bosting six minarets it was built by Sultan Ahmed I.

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace symbolises the power of Constantinople during the Ottoman Empire, one of the three largest empires in history.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, also known as the submereged palace is a resevoir constructed in the 6th century that makes for one of the city's treasures.

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is one of the oldest towers in the world. If you climb to the top you can find some of the very best views of Istanbul.

Other sights you shouldn't miss

Chora Church

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, often simply known as Chora Church, is one of the world's finest examples of Byzantine art.

Gülhane Park

Gulhane Park is the oldest park in Istanbul, and highly recommended for those who want to see the real atmosphere of Istanbul.

Dolmabahçe Palace

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Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge is a 490 metre bridge found in the Golden Horn estuary, which unites the old Istanbul with its more modern area.

Taksim Square

Known as the heart of Modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is an important shopping, leisure, and touristic centres, with restaurants, shops and hotels.

Other things to see in Istanbul

As well as these monuments, you shouldn't miss the markets, museums, or a cruise on the Bosphorus.