Istanbul Travel Guide

Our detailed, interactive city map of Istanbul, plus hand-picked links to the best maps elsewhere.

The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Blue Mosque dominate the skyline of Istanbul. The 17th-century mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I to rival the Hagia Sophia.

Topkapi Palace Once the palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi is a vast treasury of Islamic culture, science and weaponry, visited by over 2 million people every year. It is one of the highlights of Turkey.

The most magnificent museums in the world Hagia Sophia ,you will be captivated by the beauty ,of this ancient basilica, with its mosaics, nartex, galleries and incomparable architecture, built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th Century.

Underground waterway was used as a reservoir for water storage for the Great Palace and other buildings. It is 132 m length, by 65m wide. There are 336 columns in the cistern. Most of the column capitals are either in Corinthian or Doric Style. It's impressive.

This 11th-century church (later a mosque and now a museum) contains one of the finest preserved galleries of Byzantine mosaics anywhere.

The famous obelisk from Egypt, a remarkable pink granite monument built 3,500 years ago The Byzantine Hippodrome, with the Obelisk of Theodosius, was brought from Heliopolis, Egypt, and the Serpentine Column from Delphi during the reign of Constantine.

Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum, just inside the first court of Topkapi Palace and includes the Museum of the Ancient Orient. The museum has an excellent collection of Greek and Roman artifacts, including finds from Ephesus and Troy.

A museum centered around the mosaic floor of Constantine's Great Palace discovered in 1933, which features images of hunting and the Four Seasons.

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3000 shops.

Bosporus is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. It along with the Dardanelles is one of two straits in Turkey. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.

The brothel and public latrine of ancient Ephesus are located directly across Marble Street from the Library of Celsus. Both date from the 1st century AD.


Once lined with shops and inns, Curetes Street was a main city street and an important processional route in the cult of Artemis.


Located near Istanbul University, this is one of the oldest mosques in the city. It was built in 1506 using materials from Theodosius' forum, over which it was constructed.


Originally built in 1470, this mosque was entirely rebuilt in 1766 after an earthquake. It shelters the tomb of Fatih Mehmet the Conqueror.


The Theotokos Pammakaristos Church was built in 1292 and served as the headquarters of the Orthodox Patriarchate from 1456 to 1528. It is now a mosque.


The "Basilica of Holy Peace" dates from the 6th century and was transformed into the arsenal of the Topkapi Palace in the 1460s. Today, its excellent acoustics make it a popular venue for concerts.


A rather humble exterior in Istanbul shelters the worldwide headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George "Aya Yorgi".

Commissioned by Justinian in the first year of his reign (527), this was an important stage in the development of Byzantine architecture. It is now a mosque known as the "Little Hagia Sophia."

Commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan, this beautiful mosque patterned after the Hagia Sophia was finished in 1557.

The "New Mosque" is not so new – it was built in the 1600s. Designed by Da'ud Aga, a pupil of Sinan, Yeni Camii has become a defining feature of Istanbul's skyline.

The Church of the Pantocrator, now a mosque named Zeyrek Camii, is one of the most important landmarks of the Byzantine period. Today it is in a state of neglect.

The Galata Tower “Galata Kulesi” is a one of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul and its environs.

The Spice Bazaar 'M?s?r Çar??s?' in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in Fatih, in the neighborhood of Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.

The Prince Islands  “Prens Adalar? “, or more commonly "Red Islands" or just Adalar as they are officially named; classical Greek: Πριγκ?πων ν?σοι Prink?p?n n?soi), are a chain of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara.

The Rustem Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque located in (Strawmat Weavers Market) in the Tahtakale neighborhood, of the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan.

The Beylerbeyi Palace, Imperial Ottoman summer residence "Lord of Lords"  is built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.

The Galata Bridge “Galata Koprusu” is a bridge that spans the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. From the end of the 19th century in particular, the bridge has featured in Turkish literature, theater, poetry and novels.

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is located in Sultanahmet Square. Constructed in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Damad ?brahim Pasha, who was the first grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent, and husband of the Sultan's sister.

Miniatürk is a miniature park situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. The park contains 122 models done in 1/25th scale. 58 of the structures are from Istanbul, 52 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, is a museum of contemporary art in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Turkey. Inaugurated on December 11, 2004, the museum prominently features the work of Turkish artists.

Rumelihisar? is situated at the narrowest point with 660 meters of the Bosphorus strait, just opposite of Anadoluhisar? (Anatolian Castle) on the Anatolian side, which is another Ottoman fortress that was built between 1393 and 1394 by Sultan Bayezid I.

The Galata Mevlevihanesi, or tekke, is a undoubtedly the most famous Mevlevi Whirling Dervish hall. It is located on Galipdede Caddesi, not far from Tünel at the end of Istiklal Caddesi.

The Pierre Loti Café, named after the French novelist, naval officer and Turkophile, is famous for its spectacular views over the Golden Horn. Located in Eyüp, about 6 kilometers from the Galata Bridge.

Turkish bath ( Hamam) is the Turkish variant of a steam bath, sauna or Russian bath, distinguished by a focus on water, as distinct from ambient steam. In Western Europe, the "Turkish bath" as a method of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era.

Istiklal Street  in Taksim, Beyoglu district of Istanbul is probably the most famous street and entertainment area in Istanbul. The region of Taksim and Istiklal Street is the heart of the city.

Balat is the traditional Jewish quarter in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the old city on the historic peninsula, on the western bank of the Golden Horn.

The oldest underground urban rail line in Istanbul is the Tünel, which entered service on January 17, 1875.  It is the world's second-oldest subterranean urban rail line after the London Underground (1863).

Istanbul Military Museum ( Askerî Müze) is dedicated to one thousand years of Turkish military history. It is one of the leading museums of its kind in the world. The museum is open to the public everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Port of Istanbul is a passenger terminal for cruise liners, which is situated at Karaköy neighborhood of Beyo?lu district in Istanbul, Turkey. It consists of two adjoining piers, the Galata Pier and the Sal?pazar? Pier, extending from the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn to Sal?pazar? on the west coast of the Bosporus

Neve Shalom Synagogue, was built in response to an increase in the Jewish population in the old Galata neighborhood (today encompassed by Beyo?lu district) in the late 1930s. A Jewish primary school was torn down in 1949 for that purpose and the synagogue was built on its ruins.

Underground waterway was used as a reservoir for water storage for the Great Palace and other buildings. It is 132 m length, by 65m wide. There are 336 columns in the cistern. Most of the column capitals are either in Corinthian or Doric Style. It's impressive.

Zulfaris Synagogue, Located at Galata quarter and have been present from the 17th century, the current building of the synagogue belongs to 19th century. The synagogue is determined to be converted into "500 Years Tranquil Life Musuem" without any effect on the religious appearance of the structure.

This is the oldest and the most beautiful synagogue in Istanbul. Its name comes from the destruction of a town in Macedonia (Ohrid). It has a community of 500 people and built before the conquest of Istanbul and has been open for worship since then.

The Walls of Constantinople are a series of defensive stone walls that have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople (today Istanbul in Turkey) since its founding as the new capital of the Byzantine Empire by Constantine the Great.

The Maiden's Tower , lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m (220 yd) from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul. There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According Turkish legend, a sultan had a much beloved daughter…..

Istanbul fast facts
Read about Travel information: Istanbul fast facts A-Z – Time Out Istanbul..The largest city in Turkey.

Meaning 'the home of happiness', Harem was the place where the guardian of the family lived in with his women, female slaves and the children. This place formed wlth the same structure in the palace

Golden Horn, an estuary formed by flooding of valleys of two rivers confluenting just northwest of Eyüp by Bosphorus in prehistorical times, had always been Istanbul's primary harbour.

Tofre Begadim Synagogue was built on land, between Galata Felek and Banker Streets bought by donations collected in 1893. The permission for the synagogue was taken by the Association of Ashkenazi Tailors.

The park and its various kiosks became derelict during the early years of the Republic, but in the 1980s it was restored by the Turkish Touring & Automobile Association (Turing) under lease from the city government.

The Bulgarian St Stephen Church also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey, famous for being made of cast iron. The church belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city.


Leave a Reply