The Most Unique Places to Visit in Istanbul

Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the world. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Whether you come to Istanbul for business purposes or a trip, there are a number of monuments, districts, or sightseeing points you must visit. This is why we wanted to compile this guide in which we have provided the 10 most popular destinations to visit during your stay.

Here are the most popular and must-visit places in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia

One of the actively used oldest places for worship in the world, Hagia Sophia, started to serve as a mosque after the conquer of Istanbul. Today, it still serves as a mosque but also welcomes visitors. You must visit this mosque in which different religions are harmonized as one.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was the palace of Ottoman Emperors. It was actively used by the emperors and their families for 400 years. You can learn more about Ottoman culture and lifestyle in this palace, which serves as a museum today.

Grand Bazaar

Probably, Grand Bazaar is the most important and famous touristic destination in Istanbul. The complex is more than 600 years old and there are more than a thousand small businesses in it. You can easily find all kinds of authentic goods here.

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern was built during the Byzantine Period to meet the water needs of the palace. You can also witness the Medusa statue, which was mentioned by Dan Brown in one of his famous books.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is one of the well-known towers in Istanbul, which you can visit and climb to the top of it. From here, you can enjoy amazing scenery, which is not possible to enjoy in any part of the city. It was built as a lighthouse in 528.

Rumelian Castle

Rumelian Castle (also known as Roumeli Hissar Castle) was built in 90 days with the order of Fatih the Conqueror, who conquered Istanbul when he was 21 years old. It was built to prevent any kind of aid that is sent to the Byzantine Empire during the blockade.

Maiden’s Tower

We are not going to share any of the dozens of myths about this tower so that you can hear them in person. It is open to the public, and you can visit it with a boat to take a break during your trip. The journey takes five minutes.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque is the most popular mosque in Islamic countries. The mesmerizing blue shades of this mosque will take you to dreamlands. It was decorated with worldly-famous Iznik tiles. Unlike other mosques, which have four minarets, this one has six minarets.

Pierre Loti Hill

"Pierre Loti Hill" by Dan is licensed under CC BY 2.0

We recommend visiting this hill in the evening. You can find plenty of seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy the amazing beauty of old Istanbul while dining. Maybe it may be a great opportunity to enjoy national Turkish alcohol called raki.

Gulhane Park

“Alay Mansion / Gulhane Park - Istanbul” by Haluk Comertel is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Gulhane park used to be the backyard of Topkapi Palace in the past and today it is a standalone park, which is preferred by those who want to run away from the chaos of the city. It is a great choice for those who are willing to find their inner peace and drink Turkish tea or coffee.