Relive the past in regal elegance; which you can easily do in Istanbul. On both continents of the city (Europe and Asia) there are still many palaces, old mansions, fortresses and castles that keep on kindling an elegant and mystic spirit.
The best known palace of all times in the city is the Topkapi Palace that spreads over an area of 592,600 - 700,000 m². Open to public visitation during day time, the first courtyard of Topkapi Palace, where Aya Irini Church is located, hosts music lovers at night for globally known musician's concerts.
Other Palaces and castles around the city are also accessible by public during day and sometimes night. For instance, around the Rumeli Fortress, there are many places to have breakfast or Sunday brunches.
Palaces and historic buildings reveal the grandeur of Istanbul's yesterday; whilst granting access to general public to enjoy it.
Best ensemble palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site... read more
Yahya Kemal Caddesi No.42 Rumelihisari
Tarabya Yeniköy Cad. north of Sariyer
Remaking history: Climb up to where Constantinople was conquered... read more
Yerebatan Caddesi 13
(Near St. Sophia)
"Sinking Palace", cistern beneath the city built in 6th cc... read more
Abdullahağa Caddesi Beylerbeyi Uskudar
Yildiz Park, Istanbul, Turkey
Yildiz Park (entrance via Barbaros Bulv., Besiktas or opposite the Çiragan Palace)
For a bit fresh air and green inside the city...
Çubuklu Korusu Çubuklu Yolu No:32
Charming palace with an indoor restaurant... read more
Sishane Cad., Ayvansaray (along the land walls)