Historical places in Istanbul

2018-02-21 23:40:07

Historical Places to in See Istanbul

Istanbul; A time travel between the past and today with its walls, mosques, palaces and museums. Wouldn't you like to go to Istanbul on this journey? Cab Istanbul offers special services for you to experience this nostalgia.

places to see in istanbul

Each corner of the city is full of sections of historical events, the old name of the city of Constantinople, local and foreign tourists meet at heart of historical places. We know people spend a lot of time and money to see this great city istanbul !! Is it worth ?  you decide it !!

Topkapi palace

Topkapi Palace  , which was transformed into one of the largest palace-museums in the world in the early years of the Republic, is waiting for you with its sections designed with an architectural approach similar to Ottoman nomadic culture and its priceless collection.

topkapi palace

The construction of the Topkapi Palace, built on an area of ​​700,000 square meters on the Eastern Roman Acropolis in Sarayburnu, Istanbul, began in 1460 after the conquest of Istanbul. Completed in 1478, the palace was used as the administrative, educational and artistic center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 4 centuries.

Sogukcesme Street

Sogukcesme Street is a historical street adjacent to Topkapı Palace. This street, with its bay windows and low-rise historic houses, used to be a residence of palace staff and wealthy families. Gulhane Park, Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia, this street is located in the triangle, and is one of the places to be seen in and around Eminonu. There are twelve houses on the street. One of these houses is the house where former President Fahri Koruturk was born.

 sogukcesme street

Ottoman and Roman traces can be seen on the street. Naziki Tekke Ottoman, Roman Cistern The most important representatives of the traces of the Romans. Following renovation at the end of the 20th century, the street is now used as a hostel. Sogukcesme Street also features a hotel and a restaurant serving French and Turkish cuisine.

Suleymaniye Mosque

Suleymaniye Mosque was built between 1551-1558 upon the request of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman the Architect Sinan in the Suleymaniye district of Eminonu district of Istanbul. Mimar Sinan's 85 years old work is known as a master work.

 suleymaniye mosque

There are libraries, Turkish baths, madrasah, shops and graves around Suleymaniye Mosque. Together with the Suleymaniye Mosque, each is a part of the Suleymaniye Complex. Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most important works and examples of Ottoman architecture. There is no single crack on the Suleymaniye Mosque, despite the fact that there have been earthquakes in Istanbul for centuries

 Chora Museum

Chora is the Turkish word for the word Kariye, which means old rural in ancient of Greek. It is known that there was a chapel outside the city walls before the city walls built in the 5th century BC. Since it was near the Blakhernai Palace during the Kommenos period, the church was used as a palace chapel in important religious ceremonies.

  chora museum

Andronikos (1282- 1328), the church was repaired by Theodoros Metokhites (1313), the minister of treasury of the palace. Mosaics and frescoes in Chora are the best examples of the last period of Byzantine painting. The depth and movement of these mosaics and frescoes are given in terms of movement and plastic values. Chora was used as a church after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 and converted into a mosque by Vezir Hadim Ali Pasha in 1511.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is a tower located in the Galata district of Istanbul. Built in 528, it is one of the most important symbols of the city. The Bosphorus and the Golden Horn can be viewed from the tower.

galata tower 

It is believed that the name of the tower, which the Byzantines called Megalos Pyrgos (Great Horoscope) and the Genoese Christtea Turris (Christ Tower), was derived from the Greek word “gala” which means “milk“. There are also opinions that the word that gives the name to the structure may be of Thracian origin or Italian.

 2 stories about Galata tower

According to the beliefs of the Romans, “If a man and woman went to Galata Tower together for the first time at the same time, they would certainly get married”, if one of the two people had been alone before, this talisman would be broken.

Another legend is the love of the Maiden Tower and Galata Tower. The duo is said to challenge centuries because of their feelings in love to each other.

Cafer Aga Madrasah

Situated next to the Hagia Sophia Museum, this historical place is a place where those who want to give a tea break and definitely seek alternatives for peaceful breakfasts on Sundays must definitely visit. Caferaga Madrasah, built by Architect Mimar Sinan paid by Babussaade lord Cafer Aga in 1599, gained an official status with the arrangements made in 1989.


The foundation provides training in dozens of different fields such as ney, oud, marbling, calligraphy, tile, painting, mosaic and Ottoman. Today, it is still used as a madrasah and gives education to people on the one hand and shows the most hospitality of those who visit the Historical Peninsula.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is the largest church built by the Eastern Roman Empire in Istanbul and was built three times in the same place. When it was first built, it was called Megale Ekklesia (Great Church) and from the 5th century it was defined as Hagia Sophia (Sacred Wisdom).

hagia sophia

Hagia Sophia served as a cathedral as the capital's largest church, where the rulers were crowned during the Eastern Roman Empire.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern is among the most curious places to see, with interesting legends reported to be alive with columns rising in the water. The Basilica Cistern, which was used by the Byzantine Emperor to meet the palace water need, continued for a while during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.

basilica cistern

The reminiscence of the tears of the forms on the pillars is a legend and a rumor that it is important to represent the drama of many celibates lost in the Great Basilica. Because of this, many tourists have become the focus of interest with its structure, which attracts the curiosity.

Hurrem Sultan Bath

Hurrem Bath, located between the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul; It was built by Hurrem Sultan, the wife of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, the sultan of the period, between 1556 and 1557 by Mimar Sinan. Hurrem Bath was built next to Hagia Sophia.

hurrem sultan bath

The bath, which was active until 1910, was closed in later periods. When the prison was overrun for a period, the prisoners were kept here and used in different periods as a gas and paper store. Hagia Sophia Hürrem Sultan Bath, one of the most important works in Istanbul, was restored between 1957 and 1958 and served as a carpet sales shop until 2008. The structure, which was designed as a classical bath in the Ottoman period, has a double bath shape and has a length of 75 meters.

Sultan Ahmet Binbirdirek Cistern

The cistern is one of the most wondrous tourist places among the living historical sites from the time of the Great Constantine to the day. It is a mysterious place that is built to meet the water need of the city and now it is absolutely located inside the touristic sightseeing lists.

binbirdirek cistern

For the cistern located in Sultanahmet, we suggest to you visit at weekend.

Gulhane Park

Gulhane Park, located in the area between Sarayburnu, Alay Pavilion and Topkapı Palace, is one of the first parks in Istanbul. Even though it was called Gulhane because it was a garden of roses filled with roses, which was used as the outer garden of the palace during the Ottoman period, the history of the park dates back to a long time and has witnessed many important events and has been the subject of many works.

gulhane park 

The Hagios Georgies Monastery and the Panagia Hodegetria Sacred Spring are also in this region, which is also worthwhile during the Byzantine period, surrounded by city walls with the conquest of Istanbul, and many events and festivals are held here. It is used as the outer garden of the palace.

Princes  İslands

The island known as Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada were also known as Prince Islands in ancient times. The reason for this is that many members of the palace crowned during the Byzantine Empire were exiled to this island because they were away from Istanbul and had to live there.

princes  islands

Nowadays, the nostalgic atmosphere has become the first addresses of week-end getaways because of the still-used phaetons and lack of traffic. The islands have become a sight to many local and foreign tourists who want to picnic, ride bicycles, taste nostalgia.

Dolmabahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace, one of the most magnificent buildings of Istanbul, was established in the most beautiful part of the Bosphorus. Before the Dolmabahce Palace was built, Evliya Celebi wrote that Yavuz Sultan Selim had built a mansion in this area. At the same time, the area where the Dolmabahce Palace was located just 400 years ago was a bay where the Ottoman Captain's House housed the navy ships. In time, maritime ceremonies were held in this bay.  But after a while it began to become a swamp. 17th century began to be filled. After a while, this filled bay was called Hasbahce. The sultans used it to relax and have fun. During this period, it was also known as Besiktas Coast Palace with its pavilions and mansions built in the region.

dolmabahce palace

Dolmabahce Palace, which was built by Abdülmecit I in 1842 and continued until 1853, was used by Abdulmecit for both living and official works. Abdulaziz, the brother of Abdulmecit, also lived here. But neither could sit here for long. After declaration of the Republic of Turkey,  Dolmabahce Palace became the Presidential Residence of Ataturk with the proclamation of the Republic. It is of great importance for the Turkish nation to be built during the Ottoman period, to be the Presidential Residence and to be the place where Ataturk died on November 10, 1938.

Rumeli Fortress

The Rumeli Fortress was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the district of Sarıyer, which gives the district where it is located on the Bosphorus, just across the Anatolian Fortress before the conquest of Istanbul. Hisar was built to prevent attacks from the north of the Bosphorus.

 rumeli fortress

It is the narrowest point to ensure the safety of the sea. Rumeli Fortress was built before the city siege and was completed in 1452 in an incredibly short period of time, in order to prevent the help and reinforcements that may come from the Black Sea during the siege of Istanbul against an earlier Turkish fortress on the opposite shore.

Anatolian Fortress

It is the first citadel built by Yıldırım Bayezid in the narrowest part of the Bosphorus. It is located on the hill consisting of lime layers between the Goksu stream and the Marmara Sea. In the old sources name was mentioned, “Güzelhisar, Akhisar”. It was built to prevent the arrival of aid to the Byzantine Empire through the Black Sea. The Anatolian Fortress consists of the main castle, inner castle walls and three towers. The main castle is a tower rising on a rectangular plan.

 anatolian fortress

The tower was placed on a high rock covered with earth. This four-storey tower is accessed through a gate in the southwest today. The inner castle walls surround the main castle, 2-3 meters thick, from the north-west and north-east. There are four towers on it. The gate of the inner castle wall is to the north of the tower in the northeast. Strategically, it is impossible for the enemy coming from the west to see the masterfully chosen door. The outer castle walls are very arched and polygonal. It joins the inner castle walls with south-east and north-west; It is protected by 3 towers. Some parts of the southern part of the walls are demolished today. The towers, on the other hand, are cylindrical structures dominating the environment and roads in the north, north-west and west on the walls with gratings.

Yedikule Dungeons

Although we are not aware of Istanbul's crowds and turmoil, there is actually a different value in every corner of Istanbul. One of them is the Yedikule Dungeons or Yedikule Fortress. Although it was called a dungeon, the purpose of its construction was to welcome foreign kings and high position people who came to the city.Between the years 413-439, King II. This magnificent structure, which was built during Teodosios period, took its present form after the conquest of Istanbul.

yedi kule

Before the conquest of Istanbul, the building was used as a prison for a while, and it was used as a prison, art house and zoo during the Ottoman Empire period and even the Ottoman Treasury was preserved there. The museum, which was connected to the Directorate of the Istanbul Hisarlar Museum in 1968, was intended to be transferred for the use of a private company in 2004, but the decision was revoked by a court order to maintain its status. Today it is not possible to visit the fortress because of the maintenance work. The venue, which has hosted many open air concerts in recent years, is expected to reopen soon.

Beylerbeyi Palace

Beylerbeyi Palace was used as a summer palace in the Ottoman period to host foreign statesmen. The palace, which was built by Sultan Abdulaziz in 1861, assumed the duty of summer palace for the late Ottoman sultans and members of the dynasty.

beylerbeyi palace

 It is one of the top places to visit in Istanbul to see many important details such as marble craftsmanship in the palace, the furniture used, the unique view of the palace, and the incredible coolness it possesses even in hot weather. It is even possible to go for breakfast in the palace garden.

Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace, known as Kazancıoglu Gardens rather than a palace in the 17th century, was built by the Ottoman Sultan III. Ahmet was given a gift to İbrahim Pasha, the Grand Vizier of the period. The Ciragan Palace is located in Istanbul, between Besiktas and Ortakoy districts. The interior decorations of the palace, inspired by Western architecture, are quite elegant and remarkable. Cıragan Palace, which is among the most valuable buildings of Istanbul, is located between Besiktas and Ortakoy. The construction of the famous palace was completed in 1871, during the reign of Abdulaziz. Approximately 4 million gold has been spent to achieve the grandeur of today's Cıragan Palace architecture. So much so that even the foreign states owed to the construction of the Ciragan Palace.

ciragan palace 

The most important reason for the similarity with the architecture of the Spanish Alhambra Palace is that it was Nikogos Balyan. Cıragan Palace was demolished many times until it reached its present architecture and was rebuilt. The present-day Cıragan Palace architecture, which is the last form, belongs to the Republican Period. Ciragan name given to the entertainments of the Tulip Era was the name of the famous palace. An important feature of  Cıragan Palace is that it was used as a royal residence for a short time during the Ottoman period.

 Yildiz Palace

Located in a hilly area in the Besiktas district of Istanbul, the Yildiz Palace began in the 17th century. It was completed in the 19th century and reached its current state. The Kiosks and  pavilions built in different periods. The land was transformed into a palace complex with II. Abdulhamid's permanent residence. Kasr-ı Dilkusa, which was built by Sultan Abdulmecid on behalf of his mother by demolishing the existing structures, is now known as Valide Sultan pavilion and Mabeyn pavilion, Cit Pavilion, Malta and Tent Kiosks built during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz constitute the first beautiful examples of a palace structure.

  yildiz palace

II. Abdulhamid's decision to leave the Dolmabahce Palace and settle there has increased the number of people living there and has been an area of ​​approximately twelve thousand people; Little Mabeyn Pavilion, Harem Buildings, Concubine Office, Kızlaragası Pavilion, Sale Pavilion, Yıldız Mosque, Theater, Carpenter, Pharmacy, Repair Shop, Kilithane, Tile Workshop, Library, Sehzade Pavilions and the park which was opened to the public in the late Ottoman history with the most popular structures. has been one.

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and the oldest covered bazaars in the world, located in the center of Istanbul, in the middle of Beyazıt, Nuruosmaniye and Mercan districts. There are approximately 4,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar and the total number of employees in these shops is approximately 25,000.

 grand bazaar

It is said to contain about half a million people during their peak days. The market, which hosts 91 million tourists annually, is the most visited tourist attraction in the world. The foundation of the Grand Bazaar was laid in 1461. All shops are built to be the same width. In each street the separate products were found and sold (quilters, slippers, etc.). Even a craftsman could not process the product by showing his workbench to the crowd. The products could not be priced higher than the state set. It was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet.

Address: Findikli Mah. Petrol Sok. No: 4, 34854 Istanbul

Visiting Days and Hours: Open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00. Closed on public holidays and Sundays.

Egyptian Bazaar

spice bazaar

One of the oldest covered bazaars in Istanbul, the Egyptian Bazaar is a famous place for selling dried nuts and delicatessen products, souvenir, Turkish delight and spices etc.. It is a favorite place that tourists prefer especially for shopping. Built in 1600 by Turhan Sultan, the place is attractive with its openness on Sundays. It is one of the places that should definitely be seen in Istanbul.

Copper Bazaar

 bazaar of istanbul

Copper Bazaar attracts the attention of foreign tourists especially in Beyazit district. Boilers, pots, barbecues and other items made of copper are displayed  around shops as well as sales. The Copper Bazaar, where these copper works are encountered with the intense interest of tourists, is a very unknown place that must be seen.

Tekfur Palace

Tekfur Palace is the only palace to survive from the Blaherne Palace complex in Istanbul. It is located in Edirnekapi district within the boundaries of Fatih District in Istanbul; The thick-walled palace, built adjacent to the land walls and situated between Edirnekapı and Egrikapı, is called Tekfur Palace.

 tekfur palace

There is no precise information about the construction date of the palace. It is estimated that the Tekfur Palace was built in the 10th or 11th century based on various architectural features. Some historians argue that the Blakhernai Palace was built by Emperor Constantine the 7th as Porfirogennetos, and some historians built it for the residence of the Blaherna Palace staff. The Romans called it the Palace of Constantine and then the house of Porfirogennetos. I understand that porphyrogeneous was a title given to the princes. 7.Constantin was also known with this title. It is known that he built a magnificent palace for his son Romanos. The prospect of this palace is Tekfur Palace.

Eyup Sultan Mosque

Eyup Sultan Mosque and Mausoleum, where the water flowing from its fountain is considered sacred, and its courtyard decorated with centuries-old plane tree, is shown as one of the greatest historical legacies left by the Ottomans to Istanbul. The religious structure, which houses the eternal residence of Eyup Sultan, considered one of the important names of the Islamic World, therefore hosts thousands of visitors who come for worship and visits throughout the year.

 eyup sultan mosque

The mosque was first built in 1458. However, the construction of the old mosque ordered by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, 1766, as a result of the earthquake has become too bad to be used. The reconstruction process of the mosque started in 1798 and was completed in 1800.


Miniaturk or Mini-Turkey Park, where the model of the various works exhibited in Turkey, 60,000 square meters established the largest area in the world is a miniature park. Miniaturk is located on the Golden Horn coast.


Thanks to its rich content, it has been on the list of places to visit in Istanbul since its opening. 15,000 square meters of the park's vast land is devoted to miniature copies of 134 works of  monuments built in Anatolia and the Ottoman Empire over a 3000-year period. In addition to the miniatures, which were all built in accordance with the original, there were also demonstration and children's areas, entertainment facilities and shopping areas.

Hidiv Pavilion

The Hidiv Pavilion is a monument on the ridges of Çubuklu in the Beykoz district of Istanbul. The construction date is 1907. The architectural style of this mansion, which was built by the Italian architect Delfo Seminati by Abbas Hilmi Pasha, the last hidivs of Egypt, was built in accordance with the architectural fashion of the period. Its architecture is nouveau style.

hidiv kasr

''Hidiv'' is position was given to the governors of Egypt during the Ottoman Empire. The Khedive Abbas Hilmi Pasha is one of the Ottoman governors of Egypt. At the end of the 19th century, the young Pasha stayed in Istanbul to break the British influence in Egypt and to get support from the Ottoman Empire.

Maiden's Tower

maiden tower

This unique structure, which dates back 2500 years ago, lived a history equivalent to the history of Istanbul and witnessed the experiences of this city. From ancient Greece to the Byzantine Empire, from Byzantium to the Ottoman Empire, it has existed in all historical periods.

Panorama 1453 Museum

As the name suggests, the museum is only about the conquest of Istanbul. The museum is also Turkey's Istanbul Panorama 1453 History Museum also has the distinction of being the first panoramic museum. The only covered panoramic museum in the world.

panorama 1453

The museum will be of interest to children as well as adults. The details in the museum can be as interesting as the door to a fairy tale for children. Since the museum is located within the boundaries of Topkapı Culture Park, it may be possible to unwind at the playgrounds where children can spend time at the end of the trip.