Beyoğlu Tourism

Beyoğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈbejoːɫu]) is a district located on the European side of İstanbul, Turkey, separated from the old city (historic peninsula of Constantinople) by the Golden Horn. It was known as Pera (Πέρα, meaning "Across" in Greek) during the Middle Ages, and this name remained in common use until the mid-20th century and the emigration of its large Greek population. According to the prevailing theory, the Turkish name of Pera, Beyoğlu, is a modification by folk etymology of the Venetian ambassadorial title of Bailo, whose palazzo was the most grandiose structure in this quarter. The informal Turkish-language title Bey Oğlu (literally Son of a Lord) was originally used by the Ottoman Turks to describe Lodovico Gritti, Istanbul-born son of Andrea Gritti, who was the Venetian Bailo in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II (r. 1481–1512) and was later elected Doge of Venice in 1523. Bey Oğlu thus referred to Lodovico Gritti, who established close relations with the Sublime Porte, and whose mansion was near the present-day Taksim Square. Located further south in Beyoğlu and originally built in the early 16th century, the "Venetian Palace" was the seat of the Bailo. The original palace building was replaced by the existing one in 1781, which later became the "Italian Embassy" following Italy's unification in 1861, and the "Italian Consulate" in 1923, when Ankara became the capital of the Republic of Turkey. The district encompasses other neighborhoods located north of the Golden Horn, including Galata (the medieval Genoese citadel from which Beyoğlu itself originated, which is today known as Karaköy), Tophane, Cihangir, Şişhane, Tepebaşı, Tarlabaşı, Dolapdere and Kasımpaşa, and is connected to the old city center across the Golden Horn through the Galata Bridge, Atatürk Bridge and Golden Horn Metro Bridge. Beyoğlu is the most active art, entertainment and nightlife centre of Istanbul.


Explore popular vacation packages for Beyoğlu, Turkey and kick-start your vacation planning for free. When planning a trip to Beyoğlu, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Istanbul. Attractions in Istanbul include Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia. Also, to reach Beyoğlu, you'll have to take a flight to Istanbul; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A vacation to Beyoğlu can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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  • Know the pollution level of Beyoğlu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 64.17 (High)
    • Water Pollution 56.41 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 63.18 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 57.01 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 49.59 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 44.06 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 71.55 (High)
  • How safe is Beyoğlu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Beyoğlu.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.1 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.44 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 41.59 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 71.4 (High)
    • Car Stealing 34.36 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.62 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 48.25 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 43.89 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.98 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 39.69 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50.96 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.13 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Beyoğlu is 112.11 (High)

    • Safety Index 51.14 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 93.02 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 69.72 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 52.79 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 37.32 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 67.86 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.11 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 42.76 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Beyoğlu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.48 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 25.51 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 64.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 37.85 USD

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