Things to do in Istanbul


1-Topkapi Palace Museum

The Topkapı Palace, or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople.

Address: Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

Telephone: (0212) 512 04 80

2-Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in AD 537 at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome.

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 522 17 50 Website:

3-Istanbul Archaeology Museums

The Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a group of three archaeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey, near Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums: Archaeological Museum Museum of the Ancient Orient Museum of Islamic Art.

Address: Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

Telephone: (0212) 520 77 41 Website:

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4-Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square in Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey.

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Meydanı Sok. No:46, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 518 18 05 Website:

5-Chora Museum

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora is a medieval Byzantine Greek Orthodox church preserved as the Chora Museum in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of Istanbul. The neighborhood is situated in the western part of the municipality of the Fatih district.

Address: Dervişali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No:8, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 631 92 41 Website:

6-Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The cistern, located 150 metres southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Address: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 522 12 59 Website:

7-Istanbul Military Museum

Istanbul Military Museum is dedicated to one thousand years of Turkish military history. It is one of the leading museums of its kind in the world. The museum is open to the public everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays. The museum initially opened in Saint Irene Church.

Address: Harbiye Mah, Vali Konağı Cd. No:2, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 233 27 20 Website:

8-Panorama 1453 History Museum

The Panorama 1453 Historical Museum is a historical museum in Istanbul that was opened on 31 January 2009. This museum shows the conquering of the city of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, by the troops of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror on 29 May 1453.

Address: Merkez Efendi Mahallesi, Topkapı Kültür Parkı, 34015 Zeytinburnu/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 415 14 53 Website:

9-Tiled Kiosk

The Tiled Kiosk is a pavilion set within the outer walls of Topkapı Palace and dates from 1472 as shown on the tile inscript above the main entrance. It was built by the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II as a pleasure palace or kiosk. It is located in the most outer parts of the palace, next to Gülhane Park.

Address: Cankurtaran Mh., Osman Hamdibey Yokuşu, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul

Telephone: (0212) 520 77 40 Website:

10-Pammakaristos Church

Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, is one of the most famous Greek Orthodox Byzantine churches in Istanbul, Turkey. Adapted in 1591 into the Fethiye Mosque, it is today partly a museum, the parekklesion.

Address: Balat Mahallesi, 34087 Fatih/Istanbul

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