There are many cultural and artistic activities to be done in Istanbul, and this city is vital for business networks. One of the reasons why the city is of great importance for both the world and Turkey is that it is located at the meeting point of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The fact that the city was the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires also contributes to the splendor that the city has always maintained. Many of his historical works dating back to different imperial periods and made in different historical periods in Istanbul have survived to the present day. Beşiktaş, Galata, and Ortaköy are the important districts of the city, and they still carefully maintain the historical monuments and structure of the city. 

Today, we will look at Beşiktaş, a vibrant district of Istanbul with a plethora of things to do. Walking through the city’s streets, you will feel like traveling through history. You will not be able to stop yourself from being fascinated while walking through the historical bazaars and passages and shopping.

Historical District Beşiktaş

Beşiktaş is one of the smallest and least populous districts of Istanbul province. Still, it has kept the historical beauties of the city for centuries. You may want to choose Beşiktaş for activities such as historical excursions related to Turkey and Istanbul, shopping for cultural items, and taking photos on historic streets. Beşiktaş, which has had an essential place in the city’s administration since the Ottoman era, was turned into a district during the republican period in 1930. Istanbul was one of the most important cities during the Ottoman Empire, so many important buildings such as palaces, mansions, parks, and groves were built in the city.  

The name of the district has also survived to the present day in a way that indicates its importance in a historical sense. It is known that Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha, one of the famous sailor Pashas of the Ottoman Empire, erected five stones (beş taş) on the coast of Istanbul to connect his ships, over time these words merged and became Beşiktaş. It is also claimed that the old name of the district consists of the words meaning “Kune Petro,” i.e., stone cradle in Turkish.

Places to Visit 

Tourists and foreigners who come to Istanbul are fascinated by the historical atmosphere of the city. They are always willing to do different activities. If you visit this city, you can be sure that you will never be bored. You will fall in love with the music, dance, entertainment, and historical elements that different districts of the city have. It is Beşiktaş that is one of the oldest historical districts and one of the most interesting points of the city. Beşiktaş, with its historical streets, bazaars, and passages, opens its doors to you and allows you to have fun accompanied by a cultural atmosphere. Moreover, you can find many authentic shopping centers for delivering cultural and historical gifts to your loved ones on the way back.

Beşitaş Bazaar

Beşiktaş Bazaar is one of the most exciting and curious points of Istanbul and has great importance for the locals of Beşiktaş. Also known as the Grand Beşiktaş Bazaar, this place attracts the attention of tourists with its different architectural structure. The fans of Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club also attach importance to this bazaar in this neighborhood culture and call themselves the Bazaar fan group. The bazaar is the district’s focal point, and its streets are always extremely lively. We recommend that you pay attention to these details before visiting. 

Buyuk Beşiktaş Bazaar is also home to a passage, which is one of the important shopping points in the district. The Beşiktaş Bazaar was built next to the Sinan Pasha Mosque structure, and there is also a Sinan Pasha passage in it. There are many authentic and cultural items for shopping enthusiasts in this passage, and second-hand or new clothes, especially clothing, bags, and jewelry boutiques, are very popular. In addition to these stores located on the ground floor of the passage, there are bookstores and men’s clothing stores on the lower floor, and there are shops selling movies and games on the upper floor.

Dolmabahçe Palace

One of the most remarkable features of the Beşiktaş district is that you will encounter different historical buildings every step of the way. Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the most magnificent buildings built during the Ottoman Empire, is located in this district, and is visited by hundreds of tourists every day.

Jale Kuşhan Wax Sculpture Museum

The Jale Kuşhan Wax Sculpture Museum is one of the most important and famous museums in the Beşiktaş district. This museum is renowned for being the first four-dimensional museum in the world and has a global impact. After visiting the streets of Beşiktaş that smell of culture and history, you can visit this museum with pleasure and see wax sculptures of important personalities in Turkey

Frequently Asked Question

Is Besiktas a good district for accomodation?
Both in terms of hotels and houses, Besiktas houses many great places to stay.
Where is the Dolmabahce palace?
The Dolmabahce palace is situated in the Besiktas district in Istanbul.
Is Besiktas district in Istanbul crowded?
Besiktas district is always bustling with activity with many places to visit both touristic and for shopping purposes.