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53. Museum of Innocence

Museum of Innocence

3 km
from city center
53 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Museum of Innocence is a 19th-century house converted into a museum based on the famous novel Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk. It is located in the Çukurcuma neighbourhood of the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. It entirely recreates the novel and houses a collection which corresponds to the 83 chapters of the novel, presenting what the characters wore, used, collected, saw and heard in the novel. The museum can be enjoyed irrespective of whether you have read the novel.

54. Bulgarian St.Stephen Church

Bulgarian St.Stephen Church
4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
54 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Bulgarian St.Stephen Church or Bulgarian Iron Church is an Orthodox Church in Balat belonging to the Bulgarian minority community in the area. This church is one of the hidden gems of Istanbul. It was constructed during the 19th century following a Bulgarian nationalist movement. It is easily accessible via a bus or a Golden Horn boat trip.

55. Beyazit Mosque

Beyazit Mosque
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
55 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Bayezid Mosque or Beyazit Mosque is a 16th-century Ottoman selatin mosque located in Beyazit Square close to the Forum of Theodosius’ ruins. It is one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul. The mosque's interior is replicated after one of the most famous mosques in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia.

56. St.George's Cathedral Istanbul

St.George's Cathedral Istanbul
3.9 /5

3 km
from city center
56 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

St.George's Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox church situated in Fener in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Commonly known as Patriarchal Church of the Great Myrrh, it was constructed as a dedication to the Christian martyr, Saint George. Though it is a relatively smaller church, it is in no way lacking beauty and grandeur. The interior of the church house a fragment of the Pillar of the Flagellation.

57. Istinye Park

Istinye Park
4.3 /5

12 km
from city center
57 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Istinye Park is a luxurious shopping complex situated in the Istinye quarter of Istanbul and divided into 3 separate sections. The first section has 280 stores laid out in a blend of enclosed and open space along with lush-green gardens. Its entertainment centre, The Grand Rotunda, has a four-level arena space with a moving stage and kinetic water sculptures. The third section, The Turkish Food Bazaar, consists of numerous fine-dining restaurants and fast-food eating outlets.

58. Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum

Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
4.0 /5

14 km
from city center
58 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum is a private vintage-car museum located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul. It houses over 60 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1970s. Some of the famous ones here are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible, and a 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

59. Istanbul Zorlu Center

Istanbul Zorlu Center
4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
59 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Zorlu Centre is a vast multi-purpose complex in the Besiktas district. It is home to a high-end shopping centre, Raffles hotel, offices and Zorlu PSM. The centre is a four-tower structure with over 200 shopping outlets including Balenciaga, Dolce&Gabbana and Bvlgari and many restaurants and cafés.

60. Museum of Great Palace Mosaics

Museum of Great Palace Mosaics
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
60 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Museum of Great Palace Mosaics, also known as Istanbul Mosaic Museum, is an exquisite mosaics museum located in the heart of Sultanahmet Square at Arasta Bazaar. The mosaics displayed here date from 450-550 AD and depict everyday life, nature and mythology.

61. St Anthony of Padua Church

St Anthony of Padua Church
3.5 /5

3 km
from city center
61 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Sent Antuan Kilisesi or St. Anthony of Padua Church is a basilica and church located in the Beyoğlu district. It is the largest Roman Catholic church in Istanbul and one of the three Levantine parishes in the area. It is famous for its unique architecture, which includes a gilded wooden statue of St. Anthony by Luigi Bresciani and mosaics depicting the Baptism of the Lord.

62. Panorama 1453 History Museum

Panorama 1453 History Museum
4.0 /5

5 km
from city center
62 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Panorama 1453 History Museum is a historical museum located in the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. It is the world’s first fully panoramic museum known for Cyclorama, a 360° painting exhibited in the museum. It is made up of 10,000 figure drawings which give a 3D experience to visitors standing in the middle of the viewing platform.

63. Pammakaristos Church

Pammakaristos Church
3.9 /5

4 km
from city center
63 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Pammakaristos Church, also known as the Church of Theotokos Pammakaristos, is a well-known Byzantine church and museum located in the Carsamba town of Fatih district. It houses the third-largest Byzantine mosaics in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia and Chora Church which visitors can see along with Constantinople's Palaiologan architecture.

64. Palace of the Porphyrogenitus

Palace of the Porphyrogenitus
3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
64 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus is also known as Tekfur Sarayi in Turkish. It is located in Ayvansaray, Istanbul, and remains one of the better-preserved structures built by the Byzantine Empire. The highlight of the palace is its architecture. There is also a museum within the palace premise.

65. Santral Istanbul

Santral Istanbul
3.5 /5

7 km
from city center
65 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Santral or Santrallstanbul is situated in the Golden Horn, Eyup district within the campus of Istanbul Bilgi University. An energy museum the complex also has concert halls, an amphitheater, and a public library, making it an educational, cultural, and art hub. There are also interactive exhibits and games on both the floors of the energy museum.

66. Laleli Mosque

Laleli Mosque
4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
66 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

The Laleli Mosque is one of the smaller Ottoman imperial mosques located in Faith district of Istanbul. Also known as the Tulip Mosque, it was built by Sultan Mustafa III in the 18th century. The complex houses a mosque, madrasa, a fountain, and the tombs of Sultan Mustafa III and his family. The central dome is quite an attraction as are the minarets and the metal decoration on top of them.

67. Rahmi M Koc Museum

Rahmi M Koc Museum

356 km
from city center
67 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Situated on the northern shore of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, the Rahmi M. Koc Museum is a private industrial museum dedicated to communication and transportation items. It houses the private collection of Rahmi M. Koç, a member of Turkey’s wealthiest dynasty and a prestigious conglomerate.

68. Istanbul Cevahir Mall

Istanbul Cevahir Mall

56 km
from city center
68 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

The Şişli Culture and Trade Center is a modern shopping mall based in the Şişli district of Istanbul, Turkey. More popular as Istanbul Cevahir Mall, this shopping center is one of the largest malls in the world, spreading across a 672,000 sq ft area; this mall houses over 343 stores across six floors dedicated to retail. In addition, the mall has a parking lot that can accommodate up to 2500 vehicles.

69. Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping Mall

Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping Mall

56 km
from city center
69 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Viaport Asia is an Outlet Shopping mall housing over 250 stores, a cinema, bowling and more entertainment options. Built over a total of 365 thousand m2 space, the Viaport Asia Outlet in Istanbul is located at Viaport Asia, the Bedesten (Covered Bazaar). The mall has an 'outlet' based concept, offering the best prices to shoppers across sever in-house and international brands.

70. Historia Shopping and Life Center

Historia Shopping and Life Center

56 km
from city center
70 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

The Indoor mall of Historia Shopping and Life Center is set around a fountain, with various stores & cafés, including a cinema & food court. Located in Iskenderpaşa, Adnan Menderes, this mall has wide open space for visitors to relish their shopping experience. Historia also includes Tax-Free Port, a reimbursement tool for visitors from abroad.

71. Özdilek Park

Özdilek Park

56 km
from city center
71 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Based in the heart of Istanbul, this mall is located in Levent, which is well connected via metro lines. With over 170 stores across five floors dedicated to retail shops; a five-star hotel with an occupancy of over 350 rooms, multiple conference halls and a river plaza, the Özdilek Park İstanbul mall is one of the most cherished shopping and corporate experiences in Istanbul.

72. Emaar Square Mall

Emaar Square Mall

56 km
from city center
72 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Emaar Square is situated in Üsküdar, one of the most well-known towns in Istanbul. Turkey's largest shopping mall, Emaar Square Mall, has six storeys with a total leasable space of 138,000 sq m, 415 stores, 52 cafés, and parking for 4,200 cars in a four-story garage. You will find stores that will suit all preferences in the six-floor shopping plaza, and you can enjoy the entertainment choices be it the movies or the arcade.

73. City's Nisantasi Shopping Center

City's Nisantasi Shopping Center

56 km
from city center
73 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

One of the city's leading malls, City's Nisantasi Shopping Center, is located on Teşvikiye Street in Nişantaşı, a famous center in the heart of the town. The mall has several Turkish boutiques to look out for, convenient underground parking, rooftop restaurants, a food court and a cinema.

74. Capacity Shopping Center

Capacity Shopping Center

56 km
from city center
74 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

With over 180 stores and a parking space for 2,400 cars, the Capacity Shopping Center is located on Fişekhane Caddesi, nearby Paşabahçe Capacit. Situated near the airport, it is one of the most visited malls in Istanbul, with a variety of retail stores and a fantastic food court.

75. Akasya Mall

Akasya Mall

56 km
from city center
75 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

The architectural marvel of Akasya Mall is located in Uskudar, which separates Istanbul's European and Asian borders. The mall offers enticing amenities like theaters, magic shows, concerts by different bands, and restaurants. The mall also provides free, high-speed Wi-Fi and is accessible to the disabled. Additionally, it has offices, two gardens, and a complex of playground and has been a happening place for tourists and localities since its opening in 2014.

76. Buyaka Shopping Center

Buyaka Shopping Center

56 km
from city center
76 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Buyaka encourages a new style of living and a sense of uniqueness on Istanbul's Asian side with its plethora of national and international luxury brands, thrilling kids' entertainment, and varied Restaurants and Coffee Shops. Buyaka is situated in Umraniye and is a blended project comprising a 30.000 m2 GLA shopping mall, a 23-story residential tower, and three office towers. In addition, a 3600 m2 sports complex is also included in the plan.

77. Marmara Forum

Marmara Forum

56 km
from city center
77 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Marmara Forum, situated in Osmaniye Mahallesi "obançeşme Koşuyolu Bulvar," brings together 300 luxury brands and offers visitors with terrace parties and other exciting events. An exclusive Cinemaximum screening room with 16 auditoriums, kids avenue, international brands like Swarovski, Decathlon, Armani Junior, Sephora, Benetton, GAP, Lacoste, and clothing stores like H&M, and Zara, Marmara Forum stands out from other shopping malls in Istanbul.

78. Watergarden AVM

Watergarden AVM

56 km
from city center
78 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Located in Barbaros, Watergarden AVM is a picturesque shopping center with restaurants, stores, and a big pool with extravagant fountain shows. Many events are hosted around the lavish pool in the plaza, ranging from global and Turkish feats, restaurants that cater to different palates, kids' playgrounds, and event spaces that organize various events.

79. Vialand Shopping Mall

Vialand Shopping Mall

56 km
from city center
79 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Vialand Shopping Mall is a modern indoor-outdoor mall with affluent brands, a casual dining restaurant, and a theme park. The amusement Park is a 120,000 sq m establishment inside of the plaza, perfect for all ages. The fourth-best roller coaster in the world, Nefeskesen (LSM Thrill), which speeds to 110 km/h in 3 seconds, and the magnificent castle at Isfanbul Theme Park welcome visitors.

80. Torium AVM

Torium AVM

56 km
from city center
80 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

On the Haramidere E-5 expressway, between Beylikdüzü and Avclar, one of Istanbul's burgeoning neighborhoods, sits the Torium Shopping Center. With 180 stores carrying renowned brands, Torium Shopping Mall brings you to the heart of entertainment by hosting campaigns, events, and competitions that will make shopping more enjoyable. With 11 movie screening halls and entertainment areas, you will surely have the time of your life at this plaza.

81. Akbati Mall

Akbati Mall

56 km
from city center
81 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Akbati Alisveris ve Yasam Merkezi is a high-end mall located in Esenyurt area of Istanbul. The mall boasts over 200 different shops, nine cinemas, eateries providing cuisine from around the world, children's play areas, training fields, and indoor parking with space for up to 3,000 vehicles. With most international brands and a few unique ones, Akbati is one of the most visited malls in Istanbul.

82. Metropol Istanbul

Metropol Istanbul

56 km
from city center
82 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

With 250 stores, 5,000 m2 of entertainment and performance space, 4,000 car parking spaces, 5,000 m2 of children's play areas, 1 km of outdoor parks and sports facilities, open and closed plazas designed in various concepts, and cafes and restaurants serving the most exquisite flavors of Turkish and international cuisine, Metropol Istanbul Shopping Center is the new hub of life in Istanbul.

83. Zeruj Port Shopping Mall

Zeruj Port Shopping Mall

56 km
from city center
83 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

Located in Kazlicesme, Zeruj Port Shopping Mall is the largest women-only shopping centre in Istanbul. Zeruj Port Shopping Center spans an ample space. It features several stores where everything pertaining to women's lives can be found, including clothing, accessories, cosmetics, bags, shoes, fabrics, home goods, kitchen utensils, and many other high-quality and affordable items.

84. Kanyon Shopping Mall

Kanyon Shopping Mall

56 km
from city center
84 out of 84
things to do in Istanbul

In a rich architectural backdrop, Kanyon Istanbul blends a distinctive approach to retail, entertainment, and shopping. Kanyon has a gymnasium, nine cinema halls, and 160 merchants. Top national and international brands, cafes, and outdoor events are all in a lively environment. Harvey Nichols, a well-known global fashion boutique, and Vakko are among the notable trend-setting businesses housed at Kanyon.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Istanbul?

The top sightseeing places in Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Topkapi Palace, SÙleymaniye Mosque, Bosphorus Strait.

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The top activities in Istanbul are Bosphorus Strait Afternoon Cruise, Bosphorus Strait Entertainment and Dinner Cruise in Istanbul, Istanbul Classics Tour, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, & Basilica Cistern Combo Tour in Istanbul, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill, and Dolmabahce Palace Tour, Ancient Troy Day Tour from Istanbul.

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