Learn about the most famous historical places in Istanbul

The 5 most important historical places in Istanbul

Learn about the most famous historical places in Istanbul
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Last update 25-12-2022
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With its long history and the many transformations it has undergone, from Constantinople to Istanbul, this city carries in its repertoire many subtleties and distinctive details and is an agreed-upon tourist destination among the tourists, because it contains many wonderful historical monuments that indicate and express the history, civilizations and cultures of the past.

And because Istanbul occupies the interest of tourists, we will accompany you today through the following article to get acquainted with the most important and famous historical tourist places in it, you can follow up.


Hagia Sophia Museum:

  • It is one of the most important tourist areas in Istanbul in general, and it is also one of the most famous and oldest Christian churches in the Byzantine era, but later it was converted by order of Sultan Ahmed into a mosque, and today it is one of the most important religious symbols in the country.
  • It is located in the Sultanahmet area, and it is close to Topkapi Palace its distinction lies in the fact that it contains many Islamic monuments and decorations such as the name of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, and its bishop bears symbols of the Christian religion such as the icon of the Virgin Mary, in addition to that it contains many Of the mosaic panels and many tombs of the Ottoman sultans, it is also distinguished by its large dome and its four minarets.
  • Its walls are covered with coloured stones, and among its most important sections is the library of Mahmoud I, the muezzin's room, the minbar, the mihrab, and the Emperor's Gate.
  • Its dome has forty windows surrounding it, thanks to which the museum gets natural lighting. According to Ibn Battuta, this museum is one of the best that the Romans ever built. Visiting this place is not only recreational but also cultural and cognitive.


Topkapi Palace:

  • It is one of the most important historical palaces in Turkey, based on the importance of the holdings it contains, and its fame lies in the fact that it was the administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
  • What distinguishes it is that it is composed of several buildings next to each other. On the internal level, it is distinguished by the forms of Ottoman engineering designs and Islamic decorations that are distributed on the walls and ceilings.
  • Among the most important holdings it contains are rare antiques and antiquities belonging to the Ottoman Empire, in addition to some of the belongings of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.
  • When visiting it, it is important to wander between its corridors enter all its five hundred rooms, and get acquainted with the contents of each of them.


The Maiden's Tower in Istanbul:

  • It is located in the Asian section of Istanbul, and it is world-famous because it is in the middle of the sea, and one of its most prominent characteristics is that it consists of 6 floors and a height of 23 m, connected by a spiral staircase.
  • Visiting it is very fascinating, as it takes a 10-minute journey by small boat to reach it. On the internal level, many restaurants and cafes serve delicious meals and traditional foods.
  • This tower has a story told by history, and in order to know it, it is possible to view the models that are found in it, as well as the distinctive paintings that perform the same goal.


Bahga State Palace:

  • It is one of the distinctive Ottoman historical monuments in Turkey and is characterized by being surrounded by many gardens, and several Turkish and foreign architects participated in its design.
  • It was a center of government for six of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, located in the European section of Istanbul in the Besiktas region in particular.
  • The character that prevails is luxury and sophistication, and one of its most important features is that it contains 285 rooms, 44 halls, 68 bathrooms, and it also contains six traditional Turkish baths.
  • He owns a very huge chandelier that weighs 4.5 and a half tons and contains 750 lamps, a gift that the palace received from Queen Victoria.
  • It also contains 131 handmade silk rugs, as well as 202 oil paintings drawn by the most famous artists.


Galata Tower:

  • It is considered one of the most beautiful and most important historical monuments in the city, and it belongs to the medieval period, with a height of 67 meters and from this height it allows the tourist a distinctive panoramic view of the city of Istanbul.
  • It is located in European Istanbul, in the Taksim area in particular. It is characterized by a wonderful engineering design. From the inside, it consists of 9 floors, the first seven floors of which can be climbed by an electric elevator and the last two floors can be climbed via stairs.
  • On the last floor, there is a restaurant that can be tried, and on the first floor, there are many small shops that sell souvenirs.
  • On the eighth floor there are toilets and a photography studio. Finally, it is important to realize that Galata Tower is not only a tourist value but also knowledge, cultural and historical value.
  • With the conclusion of these lines, we will have acquainted us with the most important historical tourist attractions in Turkey, and this is not all, but there is more, and what we talked about was only an overview of what can be found.




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