Cemeteries in Istanbul

Cemeteries in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Cemeteries

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  • Loren G
    San Francisco, CA3 contributions
    Really gorgeous place to find out the history and tradition. It offers you to look at the tombs and imagine how they lived.
    Written 23 June 2021
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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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  • TubaKoseogluOkcu
    Istanbul, Turkey5,427 contributions
    Located inside the Şehzade Mosque, this is the shrine where two sons and one grand-daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent are buried. It has been built for his favorite son, Mehmet, who died at a young age. Later on, his other son Cihangir was also buried here along with the daughter of Mehmet. The shrine has 30 windows which makes the interior very radiant and inner walls are all embellished with unique tiles of İznik. This shrine was under renovation for a long time and it's newly opened. Don't miss the chance to visit it, especially for the beautiful tiles.
    Written 27 November 2021
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  • 4historyandculture
    Charlotte, NC1,495 contributions
    We stopped to visit this burial memorial on our way to the old spice bazaar. The original compound had a school, a fountain, and a library, today only the mausoleum with 26 windows stands with an ornate chandelier.
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • dashanedho
    Copenhagen Region, Denmark41 contributions
    On the Asian side of Istanbul, a bit hidden is this historical cemetery remembering the fallen of the Crimean war but also with graves of various foreign nationals. Interesting to walk around, read inscriptions in various languages and imagine the fates of various deceived.
    Written 20 January 2018
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  • Departure811861
    Germany853 contributions
    The shrine of Hz. Halid Ebu Eyyub el Ensari is holy to the Muslim pilgrims who visit it. They crowd the space inside the shrine, pray and behave very very decently. Visitors should do the same. Adequate clothing is necessary. The shrine itself is kind of hidden. The room is decorated with the most beautiful tiles. A very interesting experience.
    Written 10 February 2019
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  • Ruhaya O
    Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
    Paying respects to the great saints where the family been buried. May Allah rest their souls in peace. It’s in Asian side Uskudar. Beautiful n peaceful neighbourhood.
    Written 25 September 2018
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  • TubaKoseogluOkcu
    Istanbul, Turkey5,427 contributions
    This is by far the most beautiful cemetery of Istanbul and its uniqueness stems from its location on the shores of Bosphorus. For the locals, it's not just the breathtaking views of the cemetery that makes it so special: those famous writers, poets, artists who are buried here are the other reason that make Asiyan so interesting. In a sense, this cemetery is the "Pere-Lachaise" of Istanbul but unfortunately it's not as organized as Pere-Lachaise: no maps nor signs are available to make the visit easier. But the caretaker of the cemetery who has been working here for more than 30 years is very willing to help and to show you the tombs of famous residents, he also has a lot stories to share. Unlike other cemeteries, Asiyan has sitting areas where you can watch the beauty of the Bosphorus in full silence. Parking can be tricky: the parking slot inside the cemetery has a capacity of 4-5 cars only, so you might be obliged to park your car outside which is a narrow and steep road.
    Written 26 February 2022
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