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   Historical places of Istanbul     use the   place finder  to find more historical places
Ortakoy, Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque
photo from Wikipedia
mosque Mosques :

The Blue Mosque : 1609-1616 Only mosque that was built with 6 minarets. It is famous with its tiles.

Suleymaniye Mosque: It is built by Mimar Sinan between 1550-1557 in the name of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman ( Suleiman the Magnificient ). It is a part of Suleymaniye Kulliye which comprises of a library, madrasah, hospital, bathhouse, soup kitchen and old burial ground.

New Mosque ( Yeni Camii ): A mosque with 66 domes whose four are in the corners.

Firuz Aga Mosque: Built by the instruction of Firuz Aga, the head treasury keeper of II.Bayezid in 1491

Nuruosmaniye Mosque and Kulliye: At the entrance of the Grand Bazaar. Built in 1749. It is composed of Mosque, madrasah, library, library,tomb, imaret.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque: 18 pillars and 22 domes surround the courtyard. There are the tombs of Yavuz Sultan Selim and the princes and the daughters of Sultan Suleyman and Sultan Abdulmecit.

Aga Mosque: built in 1597 in Taksim

Arab Mosque: built in 717 when Istanbul was besieged by Arabs.

Other mosques: Beyazit Mosque, Valide Mosque , Rustempasa Mosque ,Eyup Sultan Mosque , Ortakoy Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque, Sehzadebasi Mosque, Laleli Mosque, Mihrimah Sultan Kulliyesi, Laleli Bodrum Mesihbasi Mosque, and more ...

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Monuments - Museums
Mosques - Palaces & buildings
palace Palaces :

Topkapi Palace : Contruction started in 1459. It is used as the center of the state until the middle of the 19th century. It has consisted a lot of structures: Manor houses,bedrooms,Treasure, kitchen, Room of Hirka-i Saadet where belonging of the prophet and calphs were kept, Gulhane hospital, Sultan III.Ahmed Library,Enderun school, the Church Hagia Irene , a stable,

The Ciragan Palace : built in 1871 by the Architect Serkis Balyan with the order of Sultan Abdulaziz

Dolmabahce Palace : It was finished in 1856 and it was composed of 16 sections. 110.000 m2 area.

The Yildiz Place : It has got 60 rooms and 4 hall rooms.

The Beylerbeyi Palace : built by Sultan Abdulaziz.1861-1865

Tekfur Palace : built in 13th century

Boukoleon Palace (Hormistas Palace ) : Old imperial quay in Byzantine era until 13th century.

Magnaura Palace: Byzantines Emperor used to receive foreign legates in this palace.

Other palaces: Finds of The Great Palace , The Throne Room

monument Monuments :

Statue of the Republic: It is built in 1928 by Pietro Canonica and put in the Taksim Square. Area planning by Moniceri.

The milion stone: the start up of the road to Europe, considered as the center of the world during the Byzantine era.

The Egyptian (Theodosius) Obelisk: was brought to Istanbul from Egypt and erected at the hippodrome in 390 during the rulership of Theodosius the 1st.

The Serpent Column : Constructed by using the melted bronze trophies acquired by the Greek cities after the war against the Persians.( 5th century )

The Column of the Constantine: It is erected after the capital city change from Rome to Istanbul in A.D.330

The German Fountain :1898, Octogonal domed fountain presented to Sultan by the German Emperor Wilhelm the 2nd.

Fountain of Ahmet III : A square fountain built in 1729 by the Grand Vizir Damat Ibrahim Pacha upon the command of Sultan Ahmet III in the name of his other Rabia Emetullah Gulnus Sultan

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Other monuments:

The Walled Obelisk ,
The Serpent Column ,
The Goths Column ,
more ...

cabin Mansions & Pavilions :

Ihlamur pavilion: It was built by Sultan Abdulmecit.

Hidiv pavilion: built in 1907 by Italian architect Seminati by the order of Abbas Hilmi Pasha

Aynalikavak pavilion: Last example of traditional Ottoman architecture with duplex bloc on seafront and single block on seafront.

Kucuksu pavilion: 1857 . Architect Nikogos Balyan

Hidiv pavilion: built in 1907 by the Italian architect Delfo Seminati., famous with fountains and pools inside

Tophane mansion, Suphi pasa pavilion, Sepetciler pavilion,
Said halim pasha waterside mansion, Maslak mansion, Kucuksu pavilion,
Huber pavilion, Amcazade Huseyin pasa mansion, Yilanli mansion,
The Tiled Pavilion , Pavilion of the Holy Mantle,
Bagdat Pavilion, Mecidiye Pavilion,

tower Towers & fortress :

Galata Tower
Beyazit Tower: built in 1828 , used watchtower of firemen

Galata Tower: It is built by Genovese in 1348.


Maiden's Tower Kiz Kulesi ,The Anatolian Fortress , The Rumeli Fortress ,
Leander's Tower , The Seven Towers ,

church Churches :

Saint Antoine Church : built in 1912 in Taksim

Stephan (Bulgarian) Church : Built in 1898 in Balat street.

Aya Yorgi Church: Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate


The Patriarchate of Greek ,
Orthodox Church ,
Surp Krikor Lusarovich Armenian ,
Orthodox Church ,
Assyrian Church ,
The Anglican Church ,
Neve Shalom Synagogue

Maiden's Tower - Kiz Kulesi --- photo from Wikipedia
Other historical places:

The Cistern of Thousand and One Columns: It was the second biggest water reservoir of Istanbul. It is built in 4th century. It is used by the thread benders in the 19th century.

The Basilica cistern: The biggest cistern of the city. It was built during the rulership of Justinanus the 1st. (527-565)

Theodosius Victory Arch: is located on the southwestern side of the Beyazit Square.

Bozdogan Arch (Hadrianus or Valens Arch) : It is built in order to provide water to Istanbul in Byzantine era.

Tunnel: built by the British and the French in 1875 cooperatively. It connects Beyoglu to Galata by the underground railway.

Flower passage: Famous with its alehouses and restaurants in Taksim. There were flower shops at the begining of the 20th century. Flower passage name remained as remembrance.

Haseki Hurrem Turkish bath: It is located between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque is ordered by the Hurrem Sultan, lover of Suleiman the Magnificient and built by Architect Mimar Sinan.

More: Beyazit Square , Sultan Ahmet Square , The Golden Horn ,
The City Walls ,

Historical bazaars:

The Grand Bazaar : founded in 1461 , it is the oldest and closed bazaar of the world. 30 700 meter squares area, 60 streets., 5 mosques, 8 fountains, 18 gates, 40 public houses, 1 stream. It is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih

The Spice Bazaar :Behind the new mosque ordered by Turhan Sultan 1634-1664

The bazaar of Coppersmiths: near the Grand Bazaar

Tahtakale Bazaar: At the southwest of the Spice Bazaar

Mahmutpasha Bazaar: Ordered by Veli Mahmud Pacha , the grand vizier of Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1462. There are also a tomb of Mahmud Pacha, fountains and a bathhouse. Hand woven antique carpets, silver ornaments etc. Located to the south of Sultan Ahmet Kulliyesi ( Complex )

Eyup Bazaar

   Museums of Istanbul   

museum Museums:

Hagia Sophia Museum : built between 324-337, a unique example of architectural applications.

Kariye Museum:fascinating animated outer architecture interior mosaics and fresco decoration.

Vakif Carpet Museum: Located in the Hunkar Summer Palace of Blue Mosque.

Other museums:

The Naval Museum , The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts ,
The Museum Of Fine Arts , The Museum af The Ancient Orient ,
Sadberk Hanim Museum , The Military ,
The Archeological , Vakiflar Carpet and Kilim ,
The Mosaic ,
Istanbul modern, Pera ,
Sakip Sabanci , Rahmi M. Koc , Dogancay , Rezan Has Museums

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