The most famous sights in Istanbul
Istanbul has many tourist destinations that deserve attention and deserve to be visited, which are spread in both parts and are distributed between its European and Asian sides, and it is worth noting that you will find many historical / archaeological / natural places in it.
In this article, the editorial team at Hana Real Estate will present to you the most prominent and important places that you can visit in that city and will highlight the advantages of each of them.
We wish you an enjoyable and interesting reading.
Learn about the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul:
Through the following paragraphs, you can learn about the most important mosques / museums / castles / towers / parks / palaces, and other important landmarks and places in Istanbul and the most prominent details related to them.
The most important mosques in Istanbul:
It is considered one of the most visited places by many foreigners around the world, and here are the most important and some information about it:
1 – Fatih Mosque:
It is one of the oldest mosques in Istanbul.
It provides you with a brief overview of the distinctive and ancient architecture.
It belongs to antiquity and refers to Islamic construction.
One of the most important mosques in Turkey.
It is distinguished by its huge dome and four domes surrounding it.
When you visit it, you will notice the baroque character that is represented by the decorations spread inside it.
2- Hagia Sophia:
One of the most prominent mosques that you may find in Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia.
It is located on the European side of the city.
He gained his fame as a result of the many changes that have occurred to him.
At first it was a church, later it became a mosque, and at a later stage it became a museum, and finally it became a mosque again.
It is considered a true artistic icon and a great example of Byzantine architecture.
3- Eyup Sultan:
It is one of the oldest mosques that you can find in Istanbul and is located within the Eyup Sultan district.
It is the first mosque that was built after the conquest of Constantinople.
In the outer courtyard houses the tomb of the great companion (Abu Ayyub al-Ansari).
Inside it contains many of the belongings of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
4- Eminonu Mosque:
This mosque is located in the center of Istanbul.
It overlooks the Golden Horn Bay.
It was built by order of the wife of the Ottoman Sultan Murad III.
It dates back to the beginning of the seventeenth century.
It took about 500 years to build.
5 – The Arab Mosque:
It was called the Arab Mosque because it was built by the Arab army.
It is only one of the most important mosques in that city.
Specifically, it is located in the Beyoğlu district in the European part of the city.
The minaret of the mosque was built according to Andalusian architecture.
6 – Sultan Ahmed:
It is considered one of the most important and famous mosques in Istanbul.
It is located opposite the Hagia Sophia Mosque.
It was built by order of Sultan Ahmed.
It is distinguished by its magnificent architectural style and is one of the largest mosques built in the city.
It belongs to the Ottoman era – and to the Byzantine era as well.
Did you know that it was also called the Blue Mosque due to the use of blue tiles in its construction.
7 – Ortakoy Mosque:
This mosque has a wonderful view of the Bosphorus.
All its characteristics indicate that it is one of the best mosques in the city in terms of architectural style and features as well.
One part of it was dedicated to worship and the other side was a forum for the Sultan.
It is characterized by a lot of beautiful and distinctive decorations and inscriptions.
8 – Sulaymaniyah Mosque:
It was built by the famous architect Mimar Sinan Pasha.
It was built during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
It is located near the Bosphorus.
It is distinguished by its four minarets, and the total number of terraces it contains is 10.
It was constructed in a different way that echoes the sounds inside.
The most important museums of Istanbul:
The city of Istanbul is not a recent establishment, but has gone through many stages throughout history, and this made it possess many important and diverse museums that contain many antiquities and artifacts, starting from the Stone Age to the present time.
1 – Snow Museum:
It is considered one of the most exotic museums in the city, as it places its visitors in the atmosphere of the North Pole, where the high cold and the snow surrounding the place on all sides and the snow houses and statues made of snow as well.
You can spend a good time in it and take a lot of souvenir photos and also buy gifts from the shops distributed there.
2- The Chocolate Museum:
This museum is located on the European side of the city in the Esenyurt area, specifically next to the Bilt Chocolate Factory. It is characterized by the fact that everything in it is made of white and black chocolate and displays many archaeological and historical monuments and tells many stories.
It is the right place for all family members, especially for young and old, and if you visit it, do not forget to taste the delicious chocolate from the liquid waterfall and buy some of the products of the factory next to it.
3 – Topkapi:
Previously, it was the main center of the administration of the Ottoman Empire, and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Istanbul, and because of its importance, it annually attracts thousands of tourists and visitors. It should be noted that it contains many expensive archaeological and historical collectibles such as huge chandeliers and weapons.
What you do not know about this museum is that it contains a lot of belongings belonging to the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, and many of the holdings of the Rightly Guided Caliphs, such as their swords.
4- Wax Museum:
One of the strangest museums that you will find in Istanbul is (The Wax Museum), which is part of an important global chain and is characterized by the fact that it contains many important statues of well-known international personalities from scientists, actors, players and others, all made of wax, such as: Napoleon Bonaparte – Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – Michael Jackson – Angelina Jolie, and many others.
What will surprise you in this museum is that all the statues and models in it are made in a very professional way, and it is difficult to differentiate between the real and the fake.
5 – Panorama of Istanbul:
It is one of the modern museums that displays many of the historical events and was designed in an innovative and strange way, where images are displayed in addition to sound effects so that the visitor lives the event as if it is happening in front of him
The museum consists of three floors, the highest for panoramic viewing, and one floor dedicated to the sale of souvenirs.
Luxury mansions in Istanbul:
If you are visiting the Turkish state or the city of Istanbul, do not give up visiting the luxurious palaces with high-end specifications in which they are located, which refer to luxury, sophistication, a long history, and rich in distinctive architecture.
You should know that your visit to historical or archaeological sites gives you a great deal of cultural knowledge as well as recreational fun.
1 – Beylerbeyi Palace:
This palace is located in the Uskudar area on the Asian side of the city. It is considered one of the most famous palaces built by the Ottoman Empire. It was a center for receiving many important figures and leaders who came to Istanbul.
Its design is distinctive and combines western and eastern architecture at the same time. One of the details that must be mentioned about this palace is that it contains 26 rooms, 2 bathrooms and 6 halls.
It was also decorated with many distinctive inscriptions and ornaments, while around the palace, it is surrounded by a lush garden, which in turn contains many dense trees.
2 – The Khedive Palace:
As for this palace, it is located on the Asian side in Istanbul, in the Beykoz region in particular. The palace was built in a Western (European) style and was built in 1930, and it consists of 4 salons, one of which is crystal, another alabaster and a third wooden.
One of the distinguished options to visit in Istanbul is the Khedive Palace, which contains in its outer courtyard places for family meetings, and there are also places for children to play.
It is considered one of the most important palaces of the Ottoman Empire at all. It is located in the Besiktas region. It was at an earlier time the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. It is considered one of the huge palaces with a wide area, with an area of about 45 thousand square meters.
Did you know that Dolmabahce Palace contains more than 285 rooms and 46 halls, not to mention the beautiful gardens that surround it from everywhere.
4 – Chirgan Palace:
As for this palace, it is characterized by its white walls and wonderful views of the Bosphorus, and from the inside it is distinguished by the fact that it contains many rooms, decorations, inscriptions and distinctive furnishings that were painted with gold.
5 – Yildiz Palace:
It is one of the most important palaces in Istanbul, and it is the last palace built by the Ottoman Empire and was built after the Islamic conquest of the city. Of course, no one knows the importance of this palace on the urban level and the decorations and inscriptions that adorn it, and of course do not forget to look at the furnishings and the huge chandeliers.
Nearby is a wonderful garden of charm and beauty, whose name is (it is Yildiz Garden) in relation to the palace, which is located adjacent to it, and which contains many distinctive dense trees that made hiking in that garden a wonderful idea.
Are the tourist places in Istanbul limited to what was mentioned above only? Certainly not. What you do not know is that the city of Istanbul contains a huge amount of distinctive tourist places, whether in terms of natural places or at the level of historical and archaeological places, and due to its important elements that encourage tourism and influx to it, it has ranked globally among the most important cities suitable for tourism.
You have to know that Istanbul is a destination for the rich around the world, lovers of beauty and those looking for excellence and unforgettable trips.
Do you think that tourism in Istanbul is limited to being between the historical and archaeological areas only? Of course not, as it is a symbol of modern tourism, such as the huge markets and malls, which are among the cities rich in it, such as:
Mall of Istanbul
Cevahir Mall (Mall of Arabia).
Venezia Mega Outlet.
Vadistanbul Shopping Mall.
Aqua Florya Mall.
Istanbul also has many famous and important restaurants that offer traditional Turkish, western and oriental meals, that is, to suit all expatriates and tastes without exception, and certainly restaurants and cafes are a new face of tourism.
One of the most prominent elements of other tourism in that city is the water aquarium, which makes the tourist in front of a unique water experience to get to know and see many types of fish he prefers closely, as well as trying to feed themreal estate market.
Istanbul has a lot of children’s play cities that provide them with a lot of fun, luxury and distinction, and get to know their talents and personalities.
Despite all the luxury that you will find around you when you tour Istanbul, the cost of these trips is cheap and very suitable for what you will have to pay if you are on a tourist trip in one of the European or American countries that require you a lot of costs and expenses.
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