Istanbul has served as the capital of three major empires making it one of the worlds most unique cities. Located on the Bosphorus Strait that divides Europe from Asia, this has been truly where east meets west over the centuries. Located in Europe as well as Asia, Istanbul is the worlds only city in two continents.

Started as the Greek colony Byzantium in ancient times it was established as the capital of the Eastern Roman empire by Constantine the Great in 324 CE. Renamed Constantinople it then served as the capital of the Byzantine empire until the Ottomans ceased it in 1453. It was the capital of the Ottoman empire until after its decline at the end of WW I. When the new Republic of Turkey was established in 1923 they renamed it Istanbul.

All this heritage makes Istanbul one of the worlds most unique cities. It’s rich culture, architecture and beauty set it aside from many other cities. It is a must see city for any serious traveler.

Regions of Istanbul…
New City
Golden Horn
Princes’ Island
Asian Side
Western Suburbs
Points of Interests in Istanbul…
Listed are some of the most interesting places to visit and see in Istanbul.
* UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may sort the table below by alpha name, type of site, classification of site, area and district of Istanbul
Grand BazaarAttractionShoppingSultanahmet/Faith
Basilica CisternLandmarkMosqueSultanahmet/Faith
Hagia SophiaLandmark-ReligiousMosque/CathedralSultanahmet/Faith
Topkapı PalaceLandmarkPalaceSultanahmet/Faith
Hagia IreneLandmark-ReligiousMosqueSultanahmet/Faith
Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque)Landmark-ReligiousMosqueSultanahmet/Faith
Theodosius CisternLandmarkHistoricSultanahmet/Faith
Süleymaniye MosqueLandmark-ReligiousMosqueSultanahmet/Faith
Valens AqueductArcheologicalAncient AqueductSultanahmet/Faith
Eyüp MosqueLandmark-ReligiousMosqueGolden Horn
Galata TowerLandmarkTowerGalata
Taksim SquareLandmarkCity SquareGalata
İstiklal Caddesi LandmarkPedestrian StreetGalata
Atatürk MuseumMuseumHistoryNew City
NişantaşıNeighborhoodArt NouveauNew City
Military MuseumMuseumMilitaryNew City
Dolmabahce PalaceLandmarkPalaceBosphorus
Atatürk ArboretumAttractionArboretumBosphorus
Istanbul AirportTransportationAirportWestern Suburbs
Sea Life IstanbulAttractionAquariumWestern Suburbs
Aviation MuseumMuseumAviationWestern Suburbs
Sabiha Gökçen AirportTransportationAirportAsian Side
Haydarpaşa StationTransportationTrain StationAsian Side
Maiden's TowerLandmarkTowerAsian Side
Istanbul HalkaliTransportationTrain StationWestern Suburbs
Princes' IslandsNaturalIslandsPrinces' Islands
Day Trips from Istanbul…
  • Anadolu Kavağı
  • Black Sea
    • Ağva
    • Şile
  • Bursa
  • Çanakkale
  • Edirne 🏛
  • Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Kilyos
  • Princes Islands
  • Troy 🏛

Transportation in Istanbul…