Istanbul has an unrivaled collection of world famous historic attractions, local tastes and traditions . We can tell you the stories behind the famous sites to bring them to life and show you the highlights of our museums and local arts putting it all in a historic and artistic context.
Here are the most visited attractions of Istanbul, along with some essential up to date information of them. Traditional foods, desserts and local arts. These are also the inspiration for things to do and taste while visiting Istanbul.
Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom, a fifteen hundred years old splendid monument, is a must see in Istanbul, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum. The lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics...Read More
Turkey’s first museum 1891, houses over one million artifacts belonging various cultures collected from the imperial territories. Besides archaeological artifacts, one can enjoy seeing various valuable objects from the pre-islamic Arabian Peninsula, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Anatolia in the Ancient Orient Museum as well as some outstanding tile and pottery samples by Seljuk and Ottoman in...Read More
A popular tourist site, sits next to the Hagia Sophia, and continues to function as a mosque today. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has five main domes, six...Read More
This was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultan Ahmet Square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving. Throughout the Byzantine period, the Hippodrome was the centre of the city’s social life. The surviving monuments of the...Read More
Topkapı Palace was the seat of Ottoman Empire more than 380 years where 24 of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and now one of Turkey’s richest museums with its permanent and temporary exhibition halls. Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and...Read More