Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings in Istanbul

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  • Ataturk International Airport
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  • 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.

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    Topkapi Palace

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    Sultanahmet Meydanı

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

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    Dolmabahçe Palace

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    Dolmabahce Caddesi

    Filled with luxury... 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

    Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi)

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    Yerebatan Caddesi 13
    (Near St. Sophia)

    "Sinking Palace", cistern beneath the city built in 6th cc... read more

    Beylerbeyi Palace

    Abdullahağa Caddesi Beylerbeyi Uskudar

    Summer home of the sultans... read more

    Yildiz Palace and Park (Yildiz Sarayi ve Parki)

    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...
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    AnadoluHisarı (Anatolian Castle)

    Hisar Caddesi

    Under Seige... read more

    Hidiv Pavilion

    Çubuklu Korusu Çubuklu Yolu No:32

    Charming palace with an indoor restaurant... read more

    Linden Pavilion (Ihlamur Kasri)

    Ilhamurdere Caddesi

    Decadent Palace... read more

    Tekfur Sarayi (Byzantine Palace)

    Istanbul, Turkey
    Sishane Cad., Ayvansaray (along the land walls)

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