is one of the main draws for visitors to the region, and like its many other European counterparts, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Old City showcases some of Istanbul’s most incredible structures, including the Blue Mosque
, or Sultan Ahmed Mosque, named because of the blue tiles which dominate the interior walls.Topkapi Palace
, is the largest and oldest palace in the world
and is not to be missed.Basilica Cistern
is one of many underground cistern chambers that were built to provide the city with water back in the 6th Century
during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinia.Hagia Sofia
played an important role for both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires
, also during the 6th Century, and today serves as a museum.Istiklal Street
is one of the busiest and most bustling avenues in the city. It is thought during the weekend an incredible 3 million people can visit this street on a single day. Istiklal Street can be found in the very heart of Istanbul’s Old City, the Beyoğlu District. This is the centre of shopping, culture and entertainment. With over 1,4km of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, book stores and chocolate shops
, amongst others, you can easily spend a day here, browsing and buying.
Don't forget the many side lanes which are also worth exploring. When the sun sets at the end of the day, Istiklal Street keeps thriving and is transformed to the hub of Istanbul’s vibrant nightlife scene.