Topkapi Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century. In the early 1850s, the palace became inadequate to the requirements of state ceremonies and protocol, and so the sultans moved to Dolmabahce Palace, located on the Bosphorus. But despite this move, the royal treasure, the Holy Relics of the Prophet Muhammad, and the imperial archives continued to be preserved at Topkapi.

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km

The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul. Besides being tourist attraction, it's also a active mosque, so it's closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers.

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km

Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called "the eighth wonder of the world" by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It is mentioned in the resources that during its construction period, the two prominent architects each had 100 architects working under them, who in turn had 100 workers each working under them.

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km

Kapalicarsi is a great bazaar in Beyazit made up of streets of various shops sheltered by roofs and domes. Though not very regularly shaped, it holds and area of about 31 thousand square meters. It has hundreds of domes which are covered with lead and windows. The nucleus of Kapalicarsi is a Byzantine building which is today called Old Bedesten. The section of the bazaar where valuables and jewellery are bought and sold was commissioned by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and the main great bazaar itself was commissioned during Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, on a wooden basis. Kapalicarsi, today has a surface of 30.7 hectares, 61 streets, 10 wells, 4 fountains, 2 mosques and over 3 thousand shops, managed to claim its present look within 250 years.

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km

One of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern. The cistern is 140 m long, and 70 m wide, and covers a rectangular area as a giant structure. Accessible with 52-step staircase, the Cistern shelters 336 columns, each of which is 9 m high. Erected at 4.80 m intervals from one another the columns are composed of 12 rows, each has 28 columns. The case-bay of the cistern is conveyed by the columns through arches. Majority of the columns, most of which is understood to have been compiled from the ancient structures and sculpted of various kinds of marbles, is composed of a single part and one of it is composed of two parts. The head of these columns bear different features in parts. 98 of them reflect the Corinthian style and part of them reflect the Dorian style. The cistern has 4.80 m high brick walls, and the floor is covered by bricks, and plastered by a thick layer of brick dust mortar for water tightness. Covering 9,800 sqm area in total, the cistern has an estimated water storage capacity of 100,000 tons.

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km

Galata Tower

Although it is not completely certain as to when the Galata Tower was built, it is claimed that the it was built during the reign of the Byzantian Emperor, Iustinianos in 507 CE. It was called the Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) by the Genoese and the Megalos Pyrgos (The Great Tower) by the Byzantines. It took its present shape during the Genoese period. The Tower was heavily damaged during an earthquake in 1509, and it was renewed by the architect, Hayrettin, who was very famous during that period. During the reign of Süleiman the Magnificent (1520-66), it was used as a jail for prisoners who were sentenced to work at the Kasımpaşa Naval Dockyard. The head astrologer, Takıyeddin Efendi, established an observatory on the top of the tower at the end of the 16th century and functioned as an observatory for a particular period of time. Later, it was closed and again turned into a prison by Sultan Murat III (1546-1595).

  • Topkapı Palace 7,4 km
  • Blue Mosque 8 km
  • Hagia Sophia Museum 7,4 km
  • Grand Bazaar 7 km
  • Basilica Cistern 7 km
  • Galata Tower 4 km
  • Lutfi Kirdar Ex. Center 1 km
  • Halic Congress Center 6.2 km
  • Taksim Square 1 km
  • Nisantasi Walking Distance
  • Atatürk Airport 23 km
  • Sabiha Gökçen Airport 46 km
  • Cevahir Shopping Mall 2 km
  • Astoria Shopping Mall 3 km
  • Nisantasi Citys 1 km
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Metrocity Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Özdilek Shopping Mall 5 km
  • Forum Istanbul 12 km
  • Vialand 20 km