Things to do for Free in Istanbul

This wonderful city offers dozens of attractions and places to visit, which are free for all of us! Here is a list of things to do for free in Istanbul, which includes some of the most famous ones…

 

Ortaköy

a traditional and beautiful neighborhood located right on the banks of amazing Bosporus, right under the first bridge. The view to the city is wonderful! There you can also find dozens of bars, coffe shops and restaurants, full of delicious foods. Try Kumpir, which is a stuffed baked potato

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Gulhane Park

the oldest public park in Istanbul, located in the area of the Old City. Once part of the grounds of Topkapi Palace, this large park is now open to the public. By spring time this park is one of the top spots in Istanbul, because of the Tulip Festival. A beautiful gateway…

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Fransiz Sokagi – French Street

a tribute to the French influence in Turkey, which lasted for centuries. The Street has graceful vibe thanks to a carefully planned restoration project led by Parisian architects. The beautifully restored terraced buildings, house a number of quaint boutiques and galleries as well as patisseries, wine houses, cafes and restaurants specializing in French cuisine and wines

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Hippodrome

located in the Old City, right next to the Blue Mosque. Its construction began in 203 AD by a Roman Emperor and it was completed by Constantine the Great in 330 AD. During the Ottoman era, the Hippodrome was used especially for chariot races. Nowadays, only three significant ancient monuments remain: the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine column from Delphi and Fountain of Wilhelm

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Blue Mosque

 a historical Mosque, dating from the 17th century. This architectural masterpiece is well-known for its exquisite architecture and its six elegant minarets. Its name, Blue Mosque, comes from the thousands of blue and green toned tiles adorning its wall

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Suleymaniye Mosque

 it is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. Built between 1550 and 1557, was designed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, who also chose to be buried there. Within the complex there are also two separate small buildings which houses the tombs of Süleyman the Magnificent and his wife, Sultana Hürrem

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 St Anthony of Padua Catholic Cathedral

 this red-brick Venetian neo-gothic building is situated on Istanbul’s busiest pedestrian street, Istiklal. It is the largest and one of the most important Roman Catholic cathedrals in the city

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Valens Aqueduct

a Roman aqueduct which was the major water-providing system of the Eastern Roman capital of Constantinople (Istanbul). Completed by Roman Emperor Valens in the late 4th century AD, it was maintained and used by the Byzantines and later the Ottomans. Nowadays remains one of the most important landmarks

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Haydarpasa Railway

standing proudly on the edge of the Marmara Sea. Surely is one of the most scenic transport centers in the world. It was a gift to Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II by his German ally Kaiser Wilhelm II. The style is Neo-Renaissance that resembles German castle. It is located in the Asian Side at Kadikoy

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Grand Bazaar

being one of the largest covered markets in the world and the oldest one, Grand Bazaar has more than 60 streets and 4.000 shops, where you can find all kinds of things, from leather clothing and jewelry to hand-woven fabrics. Be tempted!

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Spice Bazaar

is a bazaar, located at Eminonu (Old City) and hosts 88 shops, all under the same dome. This market, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar is a place that will satisfy all of your senses. Smell the spices and herbs, taste the delicacies and enjoy the vivid colours

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Caferaga Medressi

 this former Ottoman medresesi (religious school) is now a school sponsored by the Fine Arts College. Constructed in 1559 by the Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, Caferaga Medresesi is located next to Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet. It offers a large variety of workshops for handicrafts and music. It also hosts music and art exhibitions. Students exhibit their works in the rooms of the Medrese

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Yildiz park

a beautiful park located in the area of Besiktas. It is one of the largest park in the city and you can find it between Yildiz palace and Ciragan Hotel. Gorgeous flowers, plants and trees, gathered from every part of the world dating from the Ottoman era. Park grounds offer panoramic views of the Bosphorus

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Galata bridge

one of the four bridges that are located in the Golden Horn which connects the old to the new city. Along the bridge there are always dozens of fishermen and also people walking along while gazing at the beauty

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One comment

Yasar Celen
October 30, 2015
Please add your list and let us know your suggestions. We will be very happy to update above list.
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