Religious Sights in Istanbul

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

  • Adalar
  • Bebek
  • Eminönü
  • Levent
  • Religious sights of a city tend to connect you with the sacred side of local culture. Especially in Istanbul there is a delicate mosaic of a multi-cultural past. Istanbul and Anatolia in general has been home to many different civilizations and cultures for over centuries. As such, each civilization left a mark of its culture and religion on these lands.

    Some of these marks (and monuments) were demolished during the succession of new rulers and new civilizations. Some of these did not perish, but evolved as in Hagia Sophia Mosque (which was once a church). And, some of these survived and they took their place next to a Mosque or a Muslim Palace. It is such that Istanbul has a unique, yet multi-cultural and mystifying religious carpet.

    If you love history, do read a lot before you go to see the following landmarks.

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    Hagia Sophia

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    Sultanahmet Square

    1,500 year old monument, a blend of a thousand years of civilization... read more

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    Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque)

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    Tavukhane Sokak 5-27

    Reaching for the heavens... read more

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    Topkapi Palace

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    Sultanahmet Meydanı

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

    Aya Irini

    Soğukçeşme Sokak
    Topkapı Sarayi

    A Beautiful Monument... read more

    Yeralti Camii (Underground Mosque)

    Istanbul, Turkey
    Karantina Sok., Karaköy

    Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Külliyesi)

    Cinili Camii

    Yeni Cami, Eminönü, 34116 Rüstempaşa, 34116, Turkey
    At the corner of Çinili Mescit Sok. and Çavusdere Cad

    St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Müzesi; formerly the Kariye Camii)

    Küçük Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

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    Dolmabahçe Palace

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    Dolmabahce Caddesi

    Filled with luxury... read more
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