Architectural Buildings in Istanbul

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  • Bwyd
    Jersey, UK243 contributions
    When visiting Istanbul this must be near the top of anyone's "Must Visit" list. A number of the rooms are stunning, the setting is superb and the history of the palace is fascinating. All offering a great insight into how life in the palace was for those who's home this was.

    A few comments that might be of help, based on our visit on a Friday in May.

    1. We timed our arrival for lunch time and found the queue acceptable. It only took us 20 minutes to get in. Towards the end of our visit it was getting very busy, as the afternoon visitors caught up with us.

    2. If you like a rest, or just want to sit down and soak in the atmosphere, take any empty bench you can. There are far too few and many people end up simply sitting on the grass. They should put more benches in and if cost is an issue, get firms, or families, to sponsor them.

    3. If the first cafe you come across is full there are others. Good quality / good value.

    4. The Art Gallery is well worth a visit. However the lighting in some of the rooms is minimal and like large parts of the Palace it is easy trip on the door sills and the like. They need to address this issue.

    5. In some reviews visitors are critical of the staff. We found many of them to be very friendly and helpful. A simple and cheery "Good Afternoon" was always responded to.

    6. Photos. I wanted to take a number of photographs, but observed their rules forbidding it. Frustrating as many/many people were taking pictures on their mobiles. I suggest it is allowed, or people are asked to leave them in a locker.

    7. Photos again. A number of interested people back home are following our trip to Istanbul. I think that the Palace marketing team has missed an opportunity for visitors to promote visitor numbers as people back home cannot see how splendid the interior is. Perhaps they don't want additional visitors?

    In summary a great place to visit on any trip to Istanbul.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Iran-farazh
    Sanandaj, Iran122 contributions
    As a part of Istanbul's history and anthropology I would recommend this site to be visited by any one visiting Istanbul. you may find a lot of interesting history or architecture from both Byzantine and Islamic era.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Sagri2013
    Indianapolis, IN4,003 contributions
    This tomb is on the outskirts of Istanbul. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari was a close companion of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who died in the assault on Constantinople in 670 AD. He was one of the Ansar, meaning aiders or helpers of the early Islamic history, those who supported Muhammad S.A. after the hijra (migration) to Medina in 622. When the Prophet (ﷺ) emigrated to Madinah, all the Ansar were keen to host the Prophet (ﷺ) in their house. The Prophet (ﷺ) made the decision that he would stay where his camel stopped and it subsequently stopped at the residence of Abu Ayyub Ansari. The Prophet (ﷺ) stayed at his house for 7 months. It was my cherished desire to visit this sacred place and offer Fatiha and prayer. For Muslims, it’s a religious and sacred place. For some, it’s a ‘must’ mosque to visit, and they throng the tomb most of the time. While on my way to the tomb, I found many graves at different locations close to the tomb. I strongly believe that these graves must be the companions and followers of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari. These are the oldest and most historic graveyards scattered in small segments close to the main shrine. Some relics like the hair of Rasulullah ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم are on display here. It’s a historic mosque with a mausoleum.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Matt
    Istanbul, Turkey11 contributions
    This place was absolutely stunning, I was struck with emotion emediatly after entering. Girls need to cover so just a warning you will have to buy coverings at the entrance. Free to enter and just a very spiritual vibe. I was fascinated. It’s an out of body experience
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Hayrettin A
    1 contribution
    As usual amazing ambiance, attention to details, well trained personnel, first class food even better than Michelin style
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • harlemfamily
    New York City, NY659 contributions
    We loved this palace and thought it was much more special than the more popular Domabache Palace. The rooms were amazing - the fountain room, the chandeliers, amazing. And the view from the pier overlooking the water is worth the trip. A must do!! TOTALLY underrated!!!
    Written 29 July 2021
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  • tubbies74
    Pontypool, UK3,644 contributions
    There are two of these type attractions to visit..
    The main Basilica Cistern was closed for refurbishment..
    But we found this particular one to be open..

    It's a unique experience in my opinion..
    As you arrive its an unassuming glass fronted building...
    As you go into the actual Cistern area, to descend down many steps into a large casum..
    There is a lift so disabled visitors can easily access this attraction..
    You will find numerous large stone pillars that have glass barriers around them..
    And high vaulted dome shape ceilings..
    What happens next as visitors are gathered down there is an amazing light show and wonderful background music..

    For us it was a WOW factor moment, and although this display only lasted aprox 15mins, it was wonderful to experience.
    Cost was £15 for the two of us to enjoy..
    And when you come back up, there is a lovely cafe ..
    And the prices are very sensible at this cafe...
    Large hot chocolate was 18tl...
    Flappacino was 24tl...
    Is it a must see place?
    Perhaps not..
    But was it worth find to go see it..
    Yes it was...
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • ben h
    Istanbul, Turkey7 contributions
    istanbul is beautiful with all and this is one of the wonder in istanbul make sure you visit the ottoman art
    Written 22 December 2021
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  • IftekharA-Sep2016
    1,571 contributions
    Few people visit this beautiful mosque meaning, you can have this place mostly to yourself when you visit.

    Built by architect Mimar Sinan (same architect who built Sulteimaniye Mosque) under the order of Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman. The mosque was completed around 1570.
    Written 28 November 2019
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,115 contributions
    Hidden gem in the blue mosque area away from the tourist circus! Calm, peaceful and beautiful. Small. Stunning architecture.
    Written 2 November 2021
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  • Mehmet Bahadir Kirdan
    Munich, Germany15 contributions
    Since this is one of the beautiful historical palaces in Istanbul, you should definitely see it. You can walk inside the flowers and trees. You can watch Istanbul and look at the bridge that brings Asian and European sides together. You can also have breakfast inside the palace. Not the best and not cheap breakfast, but there were various dishes that you can still enjoy.
    Written 31 December 2018
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  • Departure811861
    Germany853 contributions
    The Gate to Istanbul University opens up at Beyazit Square. It is imposing, but if you are not a student, you can neither enter the park, nor the university buildings. The adjourning streets and alleys are full of bookshops and cafes. Students have determined the history of Beyazit Square. There were some tragic and bloody student revolts here in the 20th century, which have also found their way into Turkish literature. It is better to be aware of this fact, instead of walking around mindlessly.
    Written 12 January 2019
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,115 contributions
    Hidden gem.  I have visited Istanbul many times including staying there for a while.  I have seen most of the tourist attractions so each time I come, I try to visit something off the beaten track. Although difficult to find in the maze of streets behind the carpet bazaar, it was worth it.  Hidden gem.  Climb up the stairs and you are greeted with beautiful architecture, an oasis of peace and calm away from the chaotic market below.  Highly recommend.  Don't bother asking anyone for directions as nobody has heard of it!  Just use the GPS on your phone!
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • zuv
    Bucharest, Romania23,080 contributions
    A very large, impressive mosque. Very nicely decorated inside. Worth to be visited. Nearby is Spice Bazaar and Galata bridge.
    Written 4 January 2022
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  • Bowmanator22
    Charlotte, NC4,944 contributions
    I wouldn’t make this my destination, but while in the area it is worth a look. Istanbul is full of interesting history, especially old tombs or mausoleums.
    Written 14 July 2021
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