6 must-see places in Istanbul, the 'City of Seven Hills'

04:23 PM | 26 Dec, 2017
6 must-see places in Istanbul, the 'City of Seven Hills'
“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul." - Alphonse de Lamartine

If you are already in the 'City of Seven Hills',  Istanbul, or planning to visit this historical city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait, you should know about a few tourist destinations that every tourist must see while visiting  Turkey.

Here are 6 places you visit when you are in Istanbul.

Balat, Fatih

Balat Streets -Fatih District

This neighbourhood of Istanbul was once known as the Jewish quarter of the city and you can still find many synagogues here, as well as a more diverse group of residents. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the old city on the historic peninsula, on the western bank of the Golden Horn.

Rüstem Pasha Mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque

While the Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque is crowded with tourists, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque leaves plenty of space to relax and take it all in at your own pace. It's small, but covered in beautiful blue Iznik tiles with a bright red floor and has an authentic atmosphere about it.

Yeldeğirmeni, Kadıköy 

Street Art - Yeldeğirmeni, Kadıköy

The Mural Istanbul Festival has turned the Yeldeğirmeni neighbourhood of Kadıköy into one large open-air art gallery. The area features street art murals by local and international artists on almost every corner. You can drop by the Hush Hostel to get a map of the neighbourhood, which highlights where the art can be found.

Çamlica Hill

Çamlica Hill

Çamlıca is the highest hill in Istanbul and the best viewing point for the city's beautiful sunsets. It is 263 meters above sea level, full of fresh air and commonly used as a picnic area. You'll find a few restaurants, a Turkish cafe and a park.

Koç Museum

Koç Museum

It is a private industrial museum in  Istanbul dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communications. The museum is located in the suburb of Hasköy on the north shore of the Golden Horn and situated in two historical buildings connected to each other.

Sahaflar Çarşısı

Old Bookstores in Sahaflar Çarşısı

Sahaflar Çarşısı is the second-hand book Bazar has been a book and paper market since Byzantine times. It is located next to Beyazit Mosque, it was a place to publish and distribute as it was an important literary and intellectual centre during the Ottoman period.