Top 10 places in Istanbul

Our app features the history of 150 monuments and great sites including places to discover Istanbul. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Istanbul

Visit Topkapi Sarayi Palace

Topkapi Sarayi Palace

It is the palace of the Canon Gate. The first palace was built from 1459 to 1465 by Sultan Mehmet II, who took over Constantinople in 1453. It is built over the former acropolis of Greek Byzantium as a personal residence for Sultan Mehmet II. The following residents have extended the palace as far... Read more

Visit Saint Irene (or Hagia Irene)

Saint Irene (or Hagia Irene)

It was built in the 6th century over a former Christian worship building. Unlike other churches, it has not been converted into a mosque because it has long been used as an arsenal, without being transformed, allowing you to see its original features. It has an austere appearance with two floors... Read more

Visit Istanbul Archeology Museums

Istanbul Archeology Museums

This is one of the most prestigious archaeological museums. The construction of the main building started in 1881 in a neo -classical style by the architect Alexander Vallaury. The museum was officially opened in 1891 under the direction of the painter and archaeologist Osman Hamdi Bey.... Read more

Visit Saint Sophia Basilica (Hagia Sophia)

Saint Sophia Basilica (Hagia Sophia)

This magnificent basilica which became a mosque, then a museum since 1932, was built in the space of 5 years by Anthemios Tralles and Isidoros of Miletus, under the reign of Emperor Justinian in 537 A.D.  It is a masterpiece of Byzantine art with its huge dome that seems so light and its beautiful... Read more

Visit Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

This impressive work of 140m over 70m, with 336 underground columns of 8m height, was built under the emperors Constantine and Justinian until 532 A.D.; it was intended to supply water to the Grand Palace and the baths at Zeuxippus. Since the aqueducts of Hadrian and Valens did not carry enough... Read more

Visit Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

It was built under Ahmet I from 1609 to 1616 by Mehmet Aga, a pupil of Sinan; Ahmet I who had just lost a battle against the Persians and had also not won great victories. He got this tower built to appease Allah by using the funds of the treasury. It was named Blue Mosque because a large part of... Read more

Visit Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Built in the 13th century by the Genoese who had obtained permission to settle in this part of town, the tower was part of the fortifications. Chronologically, it was a watchtower, a prison, a filing equipment, an astronomical observation tower then a watchtower for fires. It offers a magnificent... Read more

Visit Selim I Mosque (or The Yavuz Selim Mosque)

Selim I Mosque (or The Yavuz Selim Mosque)

It bears the name of a particularly bloodthirsty sultan who had 8 Grand Viziers executed during his 8-year reign. He removed his father, Beyazid II, from the throne, then had his brothers and nephews killed to avoid competition and even fought against his grandfather. On the foreign front, he... Read more

Visit Ortaköy neighbourhood

Ortaköy neighbourhood

This residential area near ??the imposing bridge on the Bosphorus river has kept its village appearance. The large square in front of the Bosphorus where fishermen gather is very lively and houses many shops where lots of craft is produced and sold; there are also many bars and cafés and a very... Read more

Visit Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

The renowned Armenian architect Karabet Balyan and his son Nikogos built this sumptuous palace of 280 rooms for Abdül-Mecit, at a time (1856) when the financial situation of the Ottoman State was no longer great. It has a luxurious reception hall for 2,500 people and a 4-ton chandelier that was ... Read more

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Where to sleep ?

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Inera Hotel
Inera Hotel

Price : 45 EUR

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Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel

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