Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Istanbul is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Istanbul a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Istanbul.
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At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
08:30 am - 04:45 pm
Sprawling, lavish and yet elegant, this is Turkey’s most popular mosque. It was built in the early 17th century. It’s interiors are decorated with over 20000 hand made tiles with tulip patterns. Intead of focusing on grandeur, the mosque focuses on space and traquility, bringing out a regality that other mosques just can’t match. ...
This was the promary residence of the Ottoman Kings for 400 years during their six century reign, as well as an important dimplomatic royal entertainment hub. People are drawn here primary by exhibits of items belonging to Prophet Mohammed himself. There’s a room displaying finely crafted Ottoman clocks and watches. Also visit the Treasury, t...
Through its history, the Hagia Sofia has seen several changes like being converted from an Orthodox Church to a mosque and then finally being converted into a museum. It is as stunning from the inside as it is from the outside. A must visit indeed! It is advised to buy tickets for Hagia Sofia in advance as a lot of people usually visit it. Get Hagi...
The Sunken Cistern is an ancient water reservoir built during the 5th century on the site of what used to be a famous basilica. It’s said over 7000 slaves were used in the construction of this cistern. Its capacity is if of roughtly 100000 tonnes of water. It has been featured in the James Bond movie “From Russia With Love”. Of sp...
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Dolmabahce Cad., 34357 Besiktas, Turkey
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Constructed in the 1850’s at a cost of 35000 tonnes of gold at the time of its construction, this palace had been home to six sultans over the years. It’s the biggest palace in the city, covering over an area of about 110000 square metres. Visit to appreciate the sheer opulence of the palace. The world's largest Bohemian crystal chandel...
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Ayvansaray Mh., Kariye Cami Sk. No:26, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This well reserved Byzantine Church is perhaps the most beautiful of it’s kind still existing. It was built originally in the 5th century and then underwent extensive renovations in the 11th century. Its fine mozaics and frescoes were decorated in the 13th century. The mozaics tell apocryphal stories of Christian history, so research bef...
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Bereketzade Mh., Galata Tower, Beyoglu, Turkey
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
This striking tower is one of Istanbul's best known landmarks. It is 67 metrers tall and 35 metres high from sea level. It’s almost 700 years old and was used to spot fires within the city. From the restaurant and cafe on it’s upper floors, one can enjoy stunning views of the Bosphorus waters, a sight that is even better at sunset. At n...
Istanbul modern is the museum of the modern art and is one of the best arts available in Istanbul.
This place was inaugurated in 2004. This place prominently features the Turkish artwork. This museum is located in Bosphorus in one of the converted warehouses and is located in the neighborhood of Tophane. It is of its first kind in Turkey.
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Rumeli Hisarı, 34470 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
Built about the 1490’s, this place has been used as fortress, a prison, a customs checkpoint and a monastary. It’s high position allows a view of the whole city. It has an open air theatre inside where they conduct dance, music, theatre performances, all to make you aware about the old Turkish culture. In summers many of these shows are...
Museum of Innocence has the huge collection of pictures, paintings and artistic works. Prominetly mentioned in the novel by Orhan Pamuk, visitors are usually surprised to discover that the museum is an effort of the author himself. Parents are advised to bring kids here for an excellent introduction to the history and culture of Istanbul. The museu...
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Suleymaniye, Prof. Siddik Sami Onar Cd. No:1, 34116 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
09:00 am - 05:30 pm
It is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Ottoman Empire. This place was built by the Sultan Suleiman and is very popular among the tourists and people of Istanbul.
This place is also holding the tombs of emperor Suleiman as well as his wife Hurrem. This mosque was the part of larger complex which included educational as well as soc...
Also known as the Aynalikavak Pavilion, this a lavish palace. On the ground floor there is a study centre for Turkish historic musical instruments, it is a must visit. Aynalikavak Palace on the Golden Horn is a great example of old Turkish architecture. It is also known as the “Mirrored Popular”. During the Tulip season the decorations ...
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34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
There are actually three museums here dedicated to Archeology, the Islamic Arts and the Ancient Orient. Built in the 19th century, the museums have gained quite an impressive collection including what could possibly the first documented love poem, the world’s first peace treaty, relics from Sidon, Babylon and Assyria, Greek and Roman statuary...
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Islambey, Eyup Sultan Bulvarı, Eyup Sultan Meydanı, 34050 Eyup/Istanbul, Turkey
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This is considered one of the holiest shrines of Islam, as the standard-bearer of the Prophet is buried here. The cemetary here has been historically sought after as prime burial space as people wanted to be close to the Prophets beyond the mortal world. This also makes it a popular spot with religious pilgrims. On the way to the mosque, one can sp...
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Emirgan Mh., Sakıp Sabancı Cd No:42, 34467 Istanbul, Turkey
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Sakip Sabanci Museum has iconic figures and artistic beauties like paintings inside the museum. It takes you to different world where you start adoring the beauty of arts. Each art has some significance to the history, culture and traditions of Istanbul. Come and explore the art side of Istanbul. They also host exhibitions, seminars and events that...