Istanbul Walking Tour – Istanbul, also known in the past as Constantinople or Byzantium. This amazing city is located on two continents – Europe and Asia. It was its remarkably rich history, culture and tasty turkish cuisine that persuaded us to make a city break here start from Istanbul walking tour.
1. Sultan Ahmed Mosque
This masterpiece of Islamic architecture is spectacular. It was built between 1609 and 1619 on the order of sultan Ahmed the First. It is one of two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets. There is only one mosque in the world that has more minarets, the one in Mekkah.
2. Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace served as the home of the Ottoman Sultans from 1478 to 1856 and is one of Istanbul’s most popular attractions. It officially became a museum in 1924, shortly after the end of the Ottoman era, and features brilliant architecture, manicured courtyards and extensive weaponry, porcelain, cutlery, art and fabric collections.
Located within walking distance of must-visit sights like the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and Süleymaniye Mosque, the Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest and oldest covered shopping markets in the world.
4. Basilika Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is Istanbul’s largest surviving Byzantine cistern and one of its most unique historic sites. Constructed in 532 for Justinianus I, this sprawling underground water reservoir – which is roughly the size of two football fields – once supplied water to the Great Palace of Constantinople, a large palace that served as the main residence for local emperors for centuries.
5. Dolmanbahce Palace
Sitting along the Bosphorus near the Kabatas tram stop and the Besiktas ferry port, Dolmabahçe Palace’s jaw-dropping beauty and historical importance impresses visitors. Built in the 19th century, the palace was used by the final Ottoman sultans as their primary residence and administrative seat.
6. Istanbul Archaeological Museums
At the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, which opened by Topkapi Palace Museum in 1869, you’ll find more than one million antiquities displayed throughout three buildings – the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum and the Tiled Kiosk Museum.
7. Taksim Square
Taksim Square is a vibrant, modern area located in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district. Scores of shops, restaurants and bars fill the surrounding streets, as well as popular hotels like the InterContinental Istanbul and the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. The square also features notable landmarks like the Taksim Republic Monument (Taksim Cumhuriyet Aniti).
While the area surrounding Taksim Squaredraws the vast majority of partygoers, the small neighborhood of Ortaköy happily enjoys its less popular status. You won’t simply stumble onto this cool enclave; located north of Beyoglu along the Bosphorus, you’ll need to take a ferry or a bus from the Kabatas tram stop to reach it.
9. Süleymaniye Mosque
Nestled within Istanbul’s historic Fatih district by the Golden Horn, Istanbul University and the Grand Bazaar, Süleymaniye Mosque is considered one of the city’s most impressive Ottoman mosques.
10. Galata Tower
For perhaps the best view of Istanbul from Beyoglu, head up the Galata Tower. This landmark crowns the hill opposite the Golden Horn and was once used as a jail. After a copula was added during a 1960s restoration, this historic structure’s observation deck opened to visitors.