Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Istanbul

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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Check the list of top places for art and culture in Istanbul:

  1. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    #1 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture

    Address: At Meydanı No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:45 pm Details

    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 pat...Read more

  2. Topkapi Palace

    #2 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Topkapi Palace

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Palace, Arts And Crafts

    Address: Topkapı Sarayı, Cankurtaran Mahallesi, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:45 pm Details

    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...Read more

  3. Hagia Sophia

    #3 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Hagia Sophia

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site

    Address: Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  4. Istanbul Archaeological Museum

    #4 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Istanbul Archaeological Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  5. Basilica Cistern

    #5 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Basilica Cistern

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    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 c...Read more

  6. Dolmabahce Palace

    #6 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Dolmabahce Palace

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

    Address: Dolmabahce Cad., 34357 Besiktas, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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, c...Read more

  7. Chora Church

    #7 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Chora Church

    Tags: Church, Museum, History Museum, Landmark

    Address: Ayvansaray Mh., Kariye Cami Sk. No:26, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 11t...Read more

  8. Galata Tower

    #8 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Galata Tower

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    Address: Bereketzade Mh., Galata Tower, Beyoglu, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  9. Istanbul Modern

    #9 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Istanbul Modern

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum

    Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Cad., 34433 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  10. Rumelihisari

    #10 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Rumelihisari

    Tags: Outdoors, Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Rumeli Hisarı, 34470 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    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...Read more

  11. Museum Of Innocence

    #11 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Museum Of Innocence

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum

    Address: Firuzaga, Dalgic ck. No:2, 34425 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 a...Read more

  12. Suleymaniye Mosque

    #12 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Suleymaniye Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture

    Address: Suleymaniye, Prof. Siddik Sami Onar Cd. No:1, 34116 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

  13. Eyup Sultan Mosque

    #13 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Eyup Sultan Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: Islambey, Eyup Sultan Bulvarı, Eyup Sultan Meydanı, 34050 Eyup/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 wante...Read more

  14. Aynalikavak Palace

    #14 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Aynalikavak Palace

    Tags: Palace, Architecture

    Address: Camiikebir Mh., 34440 Beyoglu/Istanbul Province, Turkey

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  15. Sakip Sabanci Museum

    #15 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Istanbul
    Sakip Sabanci Museum

    Tags: Art Museum, Museum

    Address: Emirgan Mh., Sakıp Sabancı Cd No:42, 34467 Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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 significan...Read more

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