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Sultanahmet The Old City

The Sultanahmet District

Sultanahmet is the heart of historic Old Istanbul, what 19th-century travelers used to call "Stamboul."

This is where you'll find Topkapi Palace, Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), the Byzantine Hippodrome, Yerebatan Saray (Sunken Palace Cistern), the Istanbul Archeological Museums, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, and several lesser sights (see map below).

Sultanahmet is your best base for sightseeing in Istanbul. For a rundown on things to see, go to Istanbul Sights.

Sultanahmet Hotels are the closest Hotels in Istanbul to the most attractive tourist spots.

Luckily for our visitors, the district of Sultanahmet (sool-tahn-ah-MEHT, named for Sultan Ahmet I, builder of the Blue Mosque) also has a number of serviceable restaurants and dozens of good stores in all price ranges.

Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque)

It is one of the symbols of Istanbul and also one of the most significant works of the Ottoman era. Blue Mosque was constructed in early 1600s by the Architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, as instructed by Sultan Ahmet Ist. The Sultanahmet / Blue Mosque isone of the most important structures of the city and its outstanding characteristic is that it is decorated with more than 20 thousand blue, green and white tiles. Its hemidomes and the big dome has been adorned with dominantly blue hand-drawings. Therefore it is also called the Blue mosque. It is the only mosque in Turkey with 6 minarets.

Visiting hours: 08:30-11:30 / 13:00-14:45 / 15:45-17:00. On Fridays only it can be visited after 13:30 hrs.

Topkapi Palace

This is the palace at Istanbul Sarayburnu, which was used as the administrative headquarters of the state for 400 years of the 600 year-old history of the Ottoman Empire and where the Ottoman Sultans lived. At one time about 4000 people were living in it.

It was made built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1478. Until Abdülmecit had the Dolmabahçe Palace built, it was the administrative headquarters of the state and the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 380 years. In the year it was built, the palace was situated on an area of 700.000 square meters and currently its area is 80.000 square meters.

On April 3, 1923 it was converted into a Museum. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Closed on Tuesdays

Haghia Sofia Museum

It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian Ist on the historical peninsula of Istanbul between 532-537 AD. It is a basilica planned Patriarch Cathedral. When Istanbul was conquered in 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Fatih Sultan Mehmet.

Sofia in the name of the building means holy wisdom or divine wisdom. It is considered one of the three properties of God in the Orthodox communion. The construction was led by the 6th century architects Isidoros and Anthemius, with 10.000 people working and it is stated that Justinian spent a fortune on it. Some pillars, doors and stones were brought from older buildings and temples. During the Byzantine period it was the Patriarch Church of Constantinople Patriarch and the headwuarters of the Western Orthodox Church.

Closed on Mondays.

Sultanahmet Square

Sultanahmet Square hosts the most important historical buildings of İstanbul and throughout history it has always been a significant center. Currently it is one of the most prominent squares of the world and it has a history of about 2500 years.

Sultanahmet is one of Istanbul's premier sights...

Fountain of Ahmet III

It is one of the most beautiful square works of the Ottoman era. It was built in 1729.

German Fountain

It is one of the unique works of the Historical Peninsula. It was brought from Germany in 1901 as a gift for Sultan Abdülhamit II.

Serpentine Column

It is the bronze column in Sultanahmet Square. It was built as gift at the Apollonius Temple in Delphi, Greece as a memory of the victory of the Greeks in 480 BCE at Salamis and in 479 BCE in Palataia against the Persians. It was in a shape of three bronze serpentines wrapped around each other. It had 29 guilloches and was 8 m. tall. There was a golden vase of 3 m. diameter over the heads of the three serpentines. When the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great made Istanbul the capital, he brought the Serpentine Column from Greece and had it erected where it is located today. On that date the golden vase got lost.

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is the biggest water cistern of Istanbul and it is one of the works built in the Byzantine period. We suggest that you definitely visit this work that is currently visited as a museum. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-567). As it rises from within the water and has almost endless marble pillars, it was called as the Sunken Cistern by the people. It is also called as the Basilica Cistern.

The cistern is a gigantic building in rectangular shape, covering an area of 140 meters length and 70 meters width. It is descended with 52 steps and there are 336 pillars of 9 meters height in it. It covers an area of a total of 9800 square meters and it has a water storing capacity of about 100.000 tons.

Open to visit everyday

The Archeological Museum

It was opened on 13 June, 1891. The Istanbul Archeological Museum accommodates the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Oriental Antiquities and the Tiled Pavilion in its body. It hosts various works from civilizations of different historical periods that have left their traces until today. It is among the first ten museums that was designed as a museum building and is used as such. Also it is the first institution in Turkey that was organized as a museum. It is of historical and natural significance both with the striking collections it has and also with the architecture and garden of the museum building.

If you are among those who enjoy tracing the past, you should definitely visit this museum.

Closed on Mondays

The Grand Bazaar

World's oldest and biggest bazaar is located in the center of Istanbul. It receives a lot of attention from the tourists due to its historical texture and since it has many shops inside. It is a known fact that about a half a million people stop by the Grand Bazaar in a day. Resembling a small city, The Grand Bazaar was built by Mehmet the Conqueror for people to display and sell their goods. The Grand Bazaar, with its giant labyrinth with 60 streets and more than three thousand shop, is an unique bazaar, which is a must see of Istanbul.

Closed on Sundays

Spice Bazaar

It is one of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul. It is famous for selling traditional goods such as natural drugs, spice, flower seeds, rare roots and shells of the plants as well as dried nuts and fruits and deli products. It is a bazaar specifically preferred by the tourists. It was founded by Turhan Sultan. The fact that it is open on Sundays adds to its charm.

Open to visit everyday

Rosehouse Park

It was seen as a sacred place during the Byzantine era since it had both a shrine and a holy spring. It was used as barracks before Byzantines built Mangana Palace. It was used as one of the main gardens of Topkapı Palace during the time of Ottomans. It was decorated with roses, tulips and various other flowers back at its time. It is one of the biggest parks in Turkey. If you want to spend some time with fresh air and in touch with nature but without leaving the city at the same, it can be a very nice alternative for having your tea and visiting the park.

The Maiden's Tower

It's a tower which is located on a small island at Bosporus. It is one of the symbols of Istanbul. It is a touchstone point which highlights the entrance to Bosporus. In history, it was used as a watching tower and a lighthouse. There are many rumors and legends about why the maiden's tower was named so. It is one of most romantic places even just for finding out this mystery.

Dolmabahçe Palace

It was built as a mixture of European styles between 1843 and 1856. It is a work of Abdülmecit's architect Karabet Baylan. Dolmabahçe Palace has a 3 floored, symmetrical schematics. It has 285 rooms and 43 halls. It has a 600 meter long bay on the seaside and 2 giant doors by the land. Its interior decoration, furniture, silk carpets and curtains and all other articles remained intact to this day.

Back in the time of the Ottoman Empire, it was used as a port area by the Ottoman Chief Admiral. Later it became the palace for the Ottoman emperor instead of Topkapı Palace. In the republic era it was used as a quarter for Atatürk's Istanbul visitations. The most significant event happened in the palace was that Atatürk died here in 1938.

Close to visit on Monday and Thursday

Beylerbeyi Palace

It is an Ottoman palace from the 19th century. It was built in 1865 after a fire in 1851 burnt down the two floored old palace at the place called “cross garden” by the sea that had been built by Mahmud 2nd. The palace was built by the order of Abdul-Aziz by the architects Agop Balyan and Sarkis Balyan. It was built as a three floor structure, including a cellar, by using Bakırköy limestone and quality marble in a mixture of renaissance and baroque styles. It has 24 big rooms. This was the palace used by Atatürk for a period of time during the Republic era. It was taken into the scope of national palaces and it was converted to a museum after the death of Atatürk. Today, it is one of most visited mausoleum.

Close to visit on Monday and Thursday

Rumelian Fortress

It was built with the order of Mehmet the Conqueror right across the Anatolian fortress before the conquest of Istanbul in order to prevent the attacks from the north of the Bosporus. It is the narrowest part of the Bosporus. It was built in a very short time of 90 days. Its three tall towers have one of the biggest bastions in the world. Surrounded with castles, Rumelian Castle is one of the indispensable places of today.

Anatolian Fortress

It was built on the orders of Yıldırım Bayazid in 1395 at the narrowest area of Bosporus at a distance of 660 meters away from where Göksu stream disembogue to Bosporus.

It was built on a 7.000 square meters area on the orders of Mehmet 2nd in order to control the passage of foreign ships through the Bosporus. Mehmet the Conqueror added outer ramparts to this castle while he had the Rumelia Fortress built. Today it resembles a fisher village, since it is placed at the edge of Bosporus. The Anatolian Fortress is a place of interest with its calm and serene atmosphere and historical beauty.


The Prince Islands, Istanbul Islands or the Princess' Islands are located on the south side of Anatolian side and north of the marmara sea. It consists of 9 islands of different sizes and 2 rocks. Also there are settlements in five of the Islands (prinkipo, halki, antigoni, proti, terebinthos) which is a district of Istanbul.

There are no regular settlements at Oxeia, Plati, Spoon Island and Neandros. Many of the courtiers during the Byzantine Empire were banished and forced to live in those islands because they would be far away from Istanbul. This is why the islands are also known as the Prince Islands. Today, they are the most popular weekend getaways because of their nostalgic vibe, phaetons and lack of traffic. They have become the favorite of local and foreign tourists for those who want to have picnics or who want to ride their bicycles, and for those who want to taste some nostalgia.


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