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Sightseeing and landmarks in İstanbul

Art museums

Art Museum
“Founded in 2005 in a historical building, Pera Museum; It is a relatively new museum for Istanbul. Pera, which is a contemporary-looking museum, has both world art selections and temporary exhibitions. You can combine your trip with the entertainment venues in Asmalı Mescit in the evening hours when you arrive until the museum in the Beyoğlu district.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This historic building is where they used to make cannonballs. It now is part of the arts school. You can catch some cool exhibitions or parties at this venue. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
History Museum
“A museum about the founder of Turkish Republic, especially suggested for the ones interested in political history.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 2 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An actual "Museum of Innocence", based on the museum described in the book. Displays a collection evocative of everyday life and culture of Istanbul during the period in which the novel is set.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Dogançay Museum, Turkey’s first modern art museum, officially opened its doors to the public in 2004. It is housed in a historic 150-year-old five-story building located in the heart of the bustli”
  • 1 local recommends

Landmark experiences

History museums

History Museum
“Built in 537 as a church, it became a mosque after the fall of Constantinople. In 1935 it became a museum and in July 2020 it once again became a mosque, which means you can visit it for free outside of prayer time. This nearly 1500 year old building is remarkable and is a must visit for anyone coming to Istanbul.”
  • 163 locals recommend
History Museum
“Topkapi Palace is located on a beautiful edge of Fatih area next to Bosphorus Strait. It was built in the 15th century to replace the old palace and became the new headquarters for the Ottoman Imperial family and leaders. In 1985, the palace has been declared as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO and today it is open as a museum for visitors. Although the palace has hundreds of rooms, many of them are not open to public but you can still see the most important areas such as the Harem, treasury room and more including the collections from the history of the Empire.”
  • 134 locals recommend
History Museum
“Besides its importance as the first Turkish museum, it remains one of the world's largest museums with over one million works. Opened to the public in 1891, it houses a collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine artifacts.”
  • 38 locals recommend
History Museum
“this place will blown your mind up. it did to me when I first visited some 20 years ago. I still go there just to spend time, drink a tea, walk in the cemetery among the gravestones.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Palace
“it's a historical palace with amazing architecture. it's also a good place to learn about history of Turkey.”
  • 11 locals recommend
History Museum
“Historical place near some other places like blue mosc etc. If you like we can arrange for you trips for your family or group - Accommodation - All Transfer - Guide/ Museumtickets ie.: 3 nights 199,-€”
  • 17 locals recommend
Palace
“One of the most famous Ottoman palaces. A must see, and only a 10 min. walk away!”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turkish: Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi) is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square in Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey. Constructed in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, who was the second grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent, and was once thought to have been the husband of the Sultan's sister, Hatice Sultan. The collection includes notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. These displays recreate rooms or dwellings from different time periods and regions.”
  • 16 locals recommend

History tours

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Lookout
“The famous cafe entitled with the name of Pierre Loti, a famous French writer, is reached on getting to this ridge on which the perfect view of Golden Horn can be watched. The real name of Pierre Loti, who lived in Istanbul for long years and was a real Istanbul lover, was Julien Viaud.The historical cafe is the most ideal place to watch this mentioned view. It is said that, in those years Pierre Loti used to come this cafe often, named as “Rabia Kadın Kahvesi” in those years, and write his novel “Aziyade” overlooking Golden Horn.Today, this district, still kept as an original Turkish settlement by being restorated, consists of many spaces serving as a tourist facility”
  • 26 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus”
  • 28 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“ Pierre Loti Hill is a hill overlooking the Golden Horn in Eyüpsultan district of Istanbul. Tepe was named after the French novelist and naturalist Julien Viaud, who came to Istanbul in 1876 and settled here and was known for his frequent arrival at a café on this hill. The hill and the tea garden with the same name are also frequently visited by tourists coming to Istanbul. It is also possible to reach the hill via the Eyüp-Piyerloti cable car.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was the first flying Turk during the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied bird wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers (4 miles) in distance.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“You should visit Pierre Loti Hill, where French novalist Pierre Loti visit so often, drink a Turkish tea from top of Golden Horn To Marmara sea. Maybe you will get inspired for your first novel.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“very nice view, you can drink tea, and if you are hungry there is some restaurants.This place is mostly for local tourist people.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Galata Tower & streets, coffee shops over Galata are definitely recommended to see and visit...”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
  • 2 locals recommend

Architecture tours

Historic sites

Mosque
“this is the famous and beautiful cami near by my area and this is historicall cami in turkey specially in Istanbul”
  • 140 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Grand Bazaar is a perfect place where you can find everything you are looking for with historical shops and where you can experience old Istanbul.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Basilica Cistern, or Cisterna Basilica (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarnıcı – "Subterranean Cistern"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The cistern, located 150 metres (490 ft) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Today it is kept with little water, for public access inside the space.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Historic Site
“various spice stores and photographic sights in the historic Egyptian market”
  • 93 locals recommend
Park
“Gülhane Park (Turkish: Gülhane Parkı, "Rosehouse Park"; from Persian: گلخانه Gulkhāna, "house of flowers") is a historical urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey; it is located adjacen”
  • 14 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus”
  • 28 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was the first flying Turk during the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied bird wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers (4 miles) in distance.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Art and museum tours

Libraries

Art Gallery
“This is a former Ottoman Bank now converted to SALT Galata which is one of my favorite cultural institutions in Istanbul that puts on a variety of talks, screenings and workshops, all of which are free. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Here is the best place for spending great time with your friends. Atmosphere just gives you perfect feelings. Big garden, books, birds, center of the city and beers. Cheers guys!”
  • 1 local recommends
Performing Arts Venue
“Books, events, services food & beverages hot or cold, indoor places and every season outdoor parts with a beautiful garden”
  • 4 locals recommend
College Library
“Incase you're coming to Istanbul for education or want to attend a conference in Sabanci University.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
  • 1 local recommends

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