Şemsi Ahmed Paşa Mosque
This charming mosque complex on the waterfront was designed by Mimar Sinan and built in 1580 for one of Süleyman the Magnificent's grand...
Yeni Valide Mosque
Unusual due to the striking 'birdcage' tomb in its overgrown garden, this mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet III between 1708 and 1710 for...
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque
Sometimes called the İskele (Dock) Camii, this mosque was designed by Mimar Sinan for Süleyman the Magnificent's daughter Mihrimah and...
Set Üstü Çay Bahçesi
Come to this terraced tea garden to watch the ferries plying the route from Europe to Asia while enjoying an excellent pot of tea (for...
Kız Kulesi information
İstanbul is a maritime city, so it's appropriate that one of its most distinctive landmarks is on the water. In ancient times a predecessor of the current 18th-century structure was used as a tollbooth and defence point; the current building has functioned as a lighthouse, quarantine station and restaurant. In 1999, James Bond visited in The World Is Not Enough .
The tower is open to the public during the day as a café-restaurant. Small boats run from Salacak to the island every 15 minutes from noon to late at night Tuesday to Sunday. Unfortunately, the views from the island aren't great and the tower itself isn't very interesting inside.