Istanbul is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Istanbul one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Istanbul is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Istanbul or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Istanbul. Explore the historical monuments of Istanbul with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Istanbul guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Istanbul page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
Can't wait to discover Istanbul by yourself? Create a Istanbul itinerary today!
Top Historical Istanbul landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Istanbul.
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...
#4 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 38696 times in trip plans
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...
#5 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 14217 times in trip plans
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...
#6 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 49519 times in trip plans
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...
#7 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 34369 times in trip plans
Emirgan Mah., 34467 Emirgan/İstanbul, Turkey
07:00 am - 10:30 pm
Take a trip to the pristine Emirgan Park and have a thorough experience of the park with the help of Emirgan Park tickets. While the entry to the park is absolutely free and there are no tickets for Emirgan Park, the reason for the Emirgan Park ticket prices provided in the tours section is because the tours offer a complete experience of Istanbul....
#8 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 24019 times in trip plans
Ortakoy, Besiktas/Istanbul, Turkey
The otakoy district was considered as one of the most romantic fishing villages in the Istanbul. However, now it is one of the affluent wave fronts in the neighborhood which is situated in the middle of the Bosphorus. It is also well equipped with many galleries, bars, as well as many restaurants in the district which are hugely popular during the weekends both among the locals and tourists alike.
#9 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 20332 times in trip plans
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...
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 ...
#11 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 13790 times in trip plans
Between Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Though little of the original structure remains, one can still see the ruins that commemorate what was once Istanbul’s social and sporting centre. These ruins include the Serpent Column, the Obelisk of Thutmose and the Staties of Porphyrios. Though chariot races are no longer held here, one can still stroll along the now paved racecourse. The...
#12 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 24399 times in trip plans
Istiklal Cd., Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
During weekends, over three million people throng the length of this avenue. Boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafes, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants; this place simply does not ru...
#13 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 12491 times in trip plans
Bagdat Cd., Istanbul, Turkey
Bagdat Street is ranked as the 4th best shopping street in the world. Full of resultants, shopping malls, elegant shops, banks, etc, it’s one of Istanbul’s busiest streets. Shop till you drop. Fill your shopping carts with souvenirs, merchandizes and fashionable cloths. Bagdat caddesi has the best known brands like Lacoste, Mango, Adida...
#14 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 12756 times in trip plans
Fener, Balat, 34087 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
This is also one of the beautiful places of Istanbul that has remained home for the Jewish and Greek population for many years. However, this place fell under the victimization of disrepair as well as the pollution for the several years but, after sometime the huge camp force was put into the action for the cleanup operation. This resulted into the...
#15 of 46 Historical Places in Istanbul | Added 6132 times in trip plans
Edirnekapi, Istanbul, Turkey
These walls are covered in the area of approximately six kilometers from the Marmara Sea to Golden horn. These walls kept the people of constantanipole safe from the foreign invasion. These walls were able to safeguard the people for more than thousand years however they failed when the Ottoman Empire came with canons. A walk along these walls will...