The Archrological Museum, the jewel of the city with antiquities collected from all over the country and stored in one building, was constructed between the years 1891-1908 by the architect, Valaury. It is one of the most important arceological museums in the world and it was Turkey's first museum,. Before its opening all valuble antiquities were brought to Istanbul and exhibited in the church of Hagia Eirene.
Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asiatic shore was built by Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865. The architect was Sarkis Balyan, one member of the famous Balyan family, which gave nine reputed palaces to The Ottoman Empire over nearly a century.
Sultan ahmet Mosque,which was constructed by the 14th Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I,who ruled between the years of 1603-1617,is the greatest and most splendid mosque of Istanbul.
The great Camlica Hill stands about four kilometers east of Uskudar and can be reached by car. It is the taller of the twin peaks of Mount Bulgurlu, the highest point in the vicinity of Istanbul, 267 meters above sea level. It has a small teahouse in the midst of the pine grove which gives the peak its name.
The most picturesque spots along the Bosphorus , the area where Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul now stands was known, in the 17th century, as Kazancioglu Garden.
This beautiful Ottoman Palace, magnificently situated at the European side of the Bosphorus strait, was built by the son of Mahmut II, Sultan Abdulmecit 1839-1861, who ascended the throne at the age 16. His decision to have a new fashionable residence similar to European palaces started the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace in 1843.
It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, Hatice Turhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul's second covered bazaar.
This was the first Turkish mosque built after the conquest. The main building was completed in seven years (1463-1470). The architect Atic Sinan built the largest kulliye in Ottoman Art History.
The Grand Bazaar, is probably the largest market of its kind in the world, It was originally founded by Mehmet II in 1461.The bazaar was enlarged during the reign of Suleyman I in 1701.A small city in itself.
Hagia Sophia is the most renowned Byzantine cathedral and the best known Christian church in Istanbul. The church of the Divine Wisdom, the first church of Hagia Sophia was planned by Constantıne the Great, but it was built by his son and heir, Constantius .
Hippodrome was built by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203 A.D. The hippodrome was a stadium which served as a meeting place for the politicians, for chariot races, wrestling, boxing, and other athletic activities that took place.
The most important reason why Istanbul has developed as a world metropolis is the geopolitical location of the city.
The Church of the Holy Savior of Chora, called in Turkish, Kariye Camii, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most interesting Byzantine church in the city. Not so much for the building itself, pretty as it is, but because of the superb series of mosaics and frescoes which it preserves and which have been magnificently restored and cleaned by the Byzantine Institute of America.
If you would like to eat fish, Kumkapi is the right place to go.. Even if you dont eat there, just have a visit there at night. it is a real authentic place, where you should see..
Stands on a tıny ısland at the entrance of The Bosphorus. The Turkish name is derived from a legend. According to the legend, the sultan had this tower built in order to secure his daughter from a prophesy that she would die from the poison of a serpent. The princess was eventually bitten by a poisonous serpent, smuggled out to the islet in a basket of grapes.
Excavations which began in 1935 by Prof. Baxter. The fragments of the mosaic pavements which we will see were once part of the Great palace.
The most famous of all the beauty spots in the suburbs of Istanbul are the Princes Islands, the little suburban archipelago just off the Asia coast of the Marmara. The isles are about an hour's sail by ferry from Sirkeci. It is only in the last hundred years or so that the Princes Islands have become fashionable as resorts and places to bathe and picnic.
The great fortress of Rumeli Hisar, built by Sultan Mehmet II in the year 1452, is located immediately opposite Anadolu Hirasi, which was built by Yildirim Beyazit I sixty years earlier.
Through the city's heart runs the sea channel called the Bosphorus which separates Europe and Asia.
Topkapi Palace which was built by Mehmet The Conqueror between the years 1462 and 1478 was constructed at Seraglio Point surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus .
The Palace of Ibrahim Pasa, the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire was completed in 1524. Ibrahim was appointed grand Vezir and the following year he married Suleyman's sister, Hatice. Unlike many palaces of the period, it was constricted in stone.
The structure was known in Byzantium as the basilica Cistern, Justinian was the founder of the largest underground cistern, built after the Nika Revolt in 532.