Top Historical Monuments and Landmarks in Istanbul

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.

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Let's witness the history of Istanbul with these top historical monuments and landmarks:

  1. Topkapi Palace

    #1 of 53 Historical Places 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

  2. Hagia Sophia

    #2 of 53 Historical Places 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

  3. Basilica Cistern

    #3 of 53 Historical Places 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

  4. Dolmabahce Palace

    #4 of 53 Historical Places 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

  5. Chora Church

    #5 of 53 Historical Places 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

  6. Galata Tower

    #6 of 53 Historical Places 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

  7. Emirgan Park

    #7 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Emirgan Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Landmark, Historical Site

    Address: Emirgan Mah., 34467 Emirgan/İstanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 07:00 am - 10:30 pm Details

    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 E...Read more

  8. Ortakoy

    #8 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Ortakoy

    Tags: Outdoors, Street Market, Picnic Spot, Streets

    Address: Ortakoy, Besiktas/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  9. Rumelihisari

    #9 of 53 Historical Places 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

  10. Istiklal Avenue

    #10 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Istiklal Avenue

    Tags: Outdoors, Pubs, Street Market, Streets

    Address: Istiklal Cd., Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    During weekends, over three million people throng the length of this avenue. Boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, cafes, ...Read more

  11. Bagdat Street

    #11 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Bagdat Street

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Cafe, Restaurant, Mall

    Address: Bagdat Cd., Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 d...Read more

  12. Aynalikavak Palace

    #12 of 53 Historical Places 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

  13. Balat And Fener

    #13 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Balat And Fener

    Tags: Historical Site, Heritage Building

    Address: Fener, Balat, 34087 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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...Read more

  14. Byzantine Hippodrome

    #14 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
    Byzantine Hippodrome

    Tags: Ancient Ruin

    Address: Between Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 Obe...Read more

  15. Edirnekapi

    #15 of 53 Historical Places in Istanbul
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    Tags: Outdoors, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Edirnekapi, Istanbul, Turkey

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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...Read more

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