Attractions

Top Choice Palace in The Bosphorus Strait

Beylerbeyi Palace

This opulently furnished 1865 building was designed by Sarkis Balyan, brother of Nikoğos (architect of Dolmabahçe Palace). It delighted both Sultan Abdül Aziz (r 1861–76), who commissioned it, and the many foreign d…
Top Choice Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Hıdiv Kasrı

Set in a gorgeous garden where masses of tulips and other flowers bloom in spring, this palatial art nouveau villa was built in 1906 as the summer residence of the hıdiv (khedive or viceroy) of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II…
Fortress in The Bosphorus Strait

Rumeli Hisarı

Prior to construction of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the 1980s, this massive fortress was the major landmark on this part of the Bosphorus. Built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 at the narrowest point…
Cultural Centre in The Bosphorus Strait

Borusan Contemporary

Housed in an eccentric-looking turreted building known locally as the Perili Köşk (Haunted Mansion), this cultural centre tucked under the western approach of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is home to the contempora…
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Named after the wife of the late Vehbi Koç, founder of Turkey’s foremost commercial empire, this museum is housed in two late 19th-century yalıs and is a showcase of both Turkish-Islamic artefacts collected by Mrs K…
Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Küçüksu Kasrı

This ornate hunting lodge was built in 1856–57 by order of Sultan Abdül Mecit. Earlier sultans had built wooden kiosks in this idyllic spot where the Bosphorus mets the Göksü Deresi (Creek), but architect Nikoğos Ba…
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Located in the wealthy suburb of Emirgan, this museum has a permanent collection showcasing Ottoman manuscripts and calligraphy, but is best known for its blockbuster temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection …
Castle in The Bosphorus Strait

Anadolu Kavağı Kalesi

This ruined medieval castle overlooks both the Black Sea and the Bosphorus, and offers a great view of the recently opened Yavuz Sultan Selim (Third) Bridge. It originally had eight massive towers in its walls, but …
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Aşiyan Museum

It’s quite a hike up to this small house-museum, named after the Turkish word for ‘bird’s nest’, but the stunning Bosphorus views may well inspire you to verse. They did for poet Tevfik Fikret, the house’s former re…
Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Tophane Müşiri Zeki Paşa Yalı

Almost directly under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on the European shore is this huge stone four-storey mansion, built in the early 20th century for a field marshall in the Ottoman army. It was later sold to Sabih…