Architecture in Istanbul

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  • Ataturk International Airport
  • Galata Kulesi (Tower)
  • Sultanahmet Mosque
  • Taksim
  • Topkapi (palace)
  • Neighborhoods

  • Adalar
  • Bebek
  • Eminönü
  • Levent
  • Explore the most tangible element of a place. That is the architecture of it... Architecture is your glimpse into the nuts and bolts of a city; and throughout its long history of cultural and ethnic melting pot; Istanbul is home to many historical mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces, castles and towers...

    Architectural influences between eras are many fold. Byzantine influences are obvious from the Byzantine era, although very little remains from it. During the Ottoman Period, master pieces of masters, such as Mimar Sinan, defined the classical Ottoman architecture. Late Ottoman Era witnessed influences of baroque, empiric and rococo styles. Dolmabahce Palace is an epitome to that.

    Modern architecture emphasizes western influences more and more. Aesthetic looking residences, hotels, shopping malls such as Kanyon are among some of the new landscape. The list below will try to highlight important landmarks from all eras.

    Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul 34122, Turkey

    Aya Irini

    Soğukçeşme Sokak
    Topkapı Sarayi

    A Beautiful Monument... read more

    The Theodosian Sea Walls

    Kennedy Cadessi

    Ancient City Walls... read more

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    Galata Tower

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    Medieval stone tower with panoramic view of Old Istanbul... read more

    Rumeli Hisari (Rumeli Fortress)

    Yahya Kemal Caddesi No.42 Rumelihisari
    Tarabya Yeniköy Cad. north of Sariyer

    Remaking history: Climb up to where Constantinople was conquered... read more

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    Topkapi Palace

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    Sultanahmet Meydanı

    Best ensemble palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site... read more

    Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsisi)

    42 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34010, Turkey

    Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

    Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

    Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayi)

    Vişnezade Mh. Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. 34357 Beşiktaş İstanbul, Türkiye
    Dolmabahçe Cad., Besiktas

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    Kanyon Alişveriş Merkezi

    Buyukdere Caddesi No:185

    More than a mall: clubbing, movies, eating & more...
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