Firstly, one of the most beautiful and most enjoyable activities to do in Istanbul is to board one of the steamers operating on the Bosphorus line. Galata Tower, Beşiktaş, Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace and Haydarpaşa Station are some of the must-see places in Istanbul on the Kadıköy-Beşiktaş ferry line. You can watch the Galata Tower and the important palaces on the shores from the middle of the Bosphorus. Also, keep in mind that the view of the bridge in the evenings is amazing! 

Secondly, the other thing to do in Istanbul is to walk on the İstiklal Street. When you arrive in Taksim, you can walk along Istiklal Avenue from Taksim Square and see cafes, shops and restaurants located right and left. Do not forget to taste the famous flavours of the area. When you say Istanbul, among the dec that first come to mind may be the view that covers the Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge. Third of all, one of the must-do activities in Istanbul is to take your snacks and tea from the line at the Ortaköy entrance and sit on the benches overlooking this view and enjoy i.     

Travel Istanbul

If you are worried about how to travel to Istanbul, there is no need for that. It may be useful for you to make a plan first while travelling to Istanbul. For example, depending on the hotel's location where you are staying, you can create a plan for your trip by starting to visit the historical places in this area. Then you can expand your trip by finding historical sites in different districts. We will tell you about some historical buildings and places below and where they are located.

Historical Buildings

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is one of the most important historical buildings in Istanbul. It was built first as a church and then as a cathedral in the Byzantine Period. It is one of the masterpieces of the architectural world with its magnificent design. After the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the building was converted into a mosque and served as a museum from 1934 to 2020 and is now a mosque. With its original ceiling mosaics, exquisite marble workmanship in its interior and the mausoleums belonging to the Ottoman sultans in its garden, Hagia Sophia is a place that you should see to experience a sense of time travel in thousands of years of Istanbul's history.

Topkapı Palace

It is one of the most important historical buildings. The palace, which was used as an administrative centre for 400 years in the Ottoman Empire, was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1478. The personal belongings of the sultans who spent time in the palace and the tools used are exhibited. It is a place where you can learn about Ottoman history, administration and daily routines and enjoy it while walking around.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower, one of the oldest towers in the world, was used as a shelter in the Ottoman Period and then as a fire observation tower. The tower has undergone architectural changes over time. The pointed cone, positioned at the very top of the tower like a hat, is one of the biggest changes that the tower has experienced in architectural terms throughout its history. While the tower has a characteristic pointed cone, the cone flies away after a storm in 1875 and the tower transitions to the cone-free period. 

Although different projects came from different architects for the restoration work, the tower was restored with the restoration of 1967. Galata Tower offers a great experience to watch the unique Istanbul landscape without breathing. Also, according to hearsay, whoever you take to the Galata Tower, you will marry him.

Historical Places

Grand Bazaar 

The Grand Bazaar, one of the most touristic and historical places in Istanbul, is one of the first shopping centers in the world. At first, when the Grand Bazaar was built, it consisted of one section, but it was expanded over time, and now it has reached almost 4 thousand shops on 65 streets. It is one of the must-have historical excursion routes to experience Istanbul's historical atmosphere and feel the artisan and shopping culture.

Egyptian Spice Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar is located in Eminönü. In the past, this place was located in a huge shopping center where products from all over the world met with their buyers. It is one of the oldest covered bazaars in Istanbul. 

Here you can visit the markets, spice shops, and products that correspond to the ancient tradition and see and buy many foodstuffs and souvenirs. Especially the Bazaar, where spices are sold, still retains this feature today. If you want to discover new flavours or spices, you can enjoy them a lot here.

Gülhane Park

Gülhane Park, for which countless poems have been written and compositions have been made, is one of Istanbul's most historical walking places. The park is spread over a very large area of 163 acres. The announcement of the Tanzimat Edict here makes the park much more important from a historical point of view. Gülhane Park is one of the green areas that has not lost its historical texture that can be spent relaxing for a long time. Gülhane Park is one of the green areas that has not lost its historical texture. It offers you the opportunity to relax in a historical area after getting tired on your historical trip.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the oldest building in Istanbul?
Hagia Sophia Mosque is the oldest historical spot in Istanbul.
What is the most historical place in Turkey?
Gobeklitepe is the oldest historical spot in Turkey, and the oldest place known to human knowledge in the world.
What is Turkey Istanbul known for?
Istanbul is mainly known for its historical attractions and natural beauty. Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Bosphorus Strait are some of the famous attractions in the city.
How to get to Hagia Sophia?
Located in the central part of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia is easily accessible by public transportation. There are various ways to get to this area, such as the tram, bus, and metro. You can reach Hagia Sophia by using either the Eminonu or Aksaray IETT bus lines. Depending on where you are in the city, you can either take one of these buses or go by tram.
How to get to Topkapi Palace?
The Topkapi Palace is also accessible by public transportation. You can reach it by taking the Marmaray train or by using the tram line T1. The closest stations are Gulhane and Sultanahmet.