History

Get to know Istanbul's history before you're even here

LEGENDS

A Mystery of Istanbul: Maiden's Tower

How many buildings are still standing that represent Istanbul? Hagia Sophia? The Blue Mosque? Topkapı Palace?

REPUBLIC ERA

Republican Period and New Istanbul

After the end of the invasion, Istanbul entered a new era with the declaration of the republic.

COLUMN

The Column of Constantine - Çemberlitaş

The Column of Constantine is one of the most important examples of Roman art in the world.

HISTORY

The Constantinople Era

In the Seventh Century B.C.E., the Megarians, following the advice of the Delphic Oracle, founded a city by the ...

HISTORY

Before the Byzantines

The first evidence of human life in Istanbul, one of the world’s oldest cities, dates back 300 thousand years.

WALKING TOURS

Istanbul Classics

Explore Istanbul's almost all must-see places in a half-day tour. Experience the city's atmosphere, culture and ...

BEST OF

The best known museums in Istanbul

Istanbul is a historical place and has got lots of museums that can show you Istanbul's history.

TRIP TO ISTANBUL

Did you see the wonders of Istanbul?

If you're in Istanbul, don't leave the city without seeing these wonderful places.

OTTOMAN ERA

Constitutional Period in the Ottoman Empire

Constitutional Period started with the dethroning of Sultan Abdülaziz in August 31, 1876. In place of Sultan Abd...

OTTOMAN ERA

Period of Reforms

November 3, 1839 was the beginning of a new period in Istanbul.

OTTOMAN ERA

Tulip Age

The Tulip Age of Ottoman Empire took its name from the enthusiasm of palace residents and prosperous families to...

OTTOMAN ERA

Sultan Kanuni Period of Ottoman Empire

The period of 46 years, between 1520 and 1566 when Kanuni Sultan Süleyman reigned the Empire, was a period of ex...

OTTOMAN ERA

Istanbul not Constantinople

Istanbul was rapidly taken under control after the conquest of Constantinople. It was announced that Byzantine G...

MUSEUMS

Caricature And Humor Arts Museum

The Caricature and Humor Arts Museum of Istanbul was originally opened for service in 1975 through the initiativ...

MUSEUMS

Beylerbeyi Palace Museum

The Beylerbeyi Palace that embellishes Beylerbeyi, one of the historical districts of the Asian side, and taking...

MUSEUMS

Aviation Museum

The Aviation Museum was first built in Izmir in 1971. The museum was closed in 1979 and was moved to its present...

MUSEUMS

Adam Mickiewicz Museum

The house in Istanbul where the Polish freedom poet Adam Mickiewicz spent the last years of his life and died in...

MUSEUMS

Pera Museum

Pera Museum is a modern “museum-cultural center” with its multifunctional exhibition halls, auditorium/foyer and...

MUSEUMS

Harbiye Military Museum

Istanbul Harbiye Military Museum, where documents and proofs of military affairs bearing significant roles in wo...

MUSEUMS

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, which is home to the world’s most extensive collection of carpets, house...

MUSEUMS

The Rahmi Koç Museum

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is Turkey’s first and only industrial museum...

MUSEUMS

The Mosaic Museum

You can discover the most beautiful examples of mosaics of the Byzantine Empire in the Istanbul Mosaic Museum,at...