Meaning “cradle stone” in Turkish, Beşiktaş is located on the European shore of Bosporus. Undoubtedly one of the oldest and most historic districts of Istanbul, it is beloved by the locals and well known as a cultural and artistic center. Take a break from the ordinary sightseeing route in the city, check out our guide and discover this diverse, unique area with a distinctive village-like atmosphere.
Wander Through The Market District
If you like cheerful street markets, this is a must-visit. Near the Naval Museum you will find the main attraction of the district; the open bazaar. Buy some cheap clothes and fresh fruit, have a meal at one of the small and affordable nearby restaurants to taste the local cuisine before moving to the popular fish market where you can view the contemporary architecture.
Visit The Turkish Naval Museum
Established over a century ago, Deniz Müzesi hosts the largest collection of naval artifacts in Turkey. Recently renovated, it gives you the opportunity to view the impressive imperial caiques of sultans, exhibits about naval battles, historic cannons, navigational instruments, ship models and related documents.
Sinanpaşa, Istanbul, +90 212 261 0004
Take A Cruise
Taking any of the available tour boats is always a great way to see the important sights of the city. Starting from Beşiktaş, you can enjoy a Bosporus cruise or even cross the strait to reach Asian shores.
Watch A Football Match
One of the oldest sports clubs in Turkey, Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu is the local football team nicknamed The Black Eagles. Notice the flags, logos and statues all around the neighborhood and book your ticket for a match at the legendary BJK İnönü Stadium, one of the most scenic in the world.
Visit Dolmabahçe Palace
Consisting of almost three hundred rooms, Dolmabahçe is the largest palace in the whole country. It served as the main administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire and is widely known for the neoclassical exterior and impressive interior, extensively decorated with gold and crystal. You can recognize the will to construct an Ottoman-European palace combining Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical elements, with traditional Ottoman architecture. Book a guided tour to spend some time in this unique synthesis and pay special attention to the unique collection of oil paintings.
Vişnezade Mh., Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 212 2369000
Visit The Museum Of Painting & Sculpture
After a walk through the Dolmabahçe Palace, find your way into the nearby painting museum; the entry is included in your ticket price for the palace. View the amazing collection of paintings and sculptures and relax at the quiet café with views over the water for a drink or snack.
Dolmabahçe Cad. Akatlar Durağı, Beşiktaş , Istanbul, +90 212 261 4298
Stay At An Imperial Suite
Known as the last example of the Empire’s glory, Çırağan Palace was constructed between the years of 1861 and 1872. After the last renovation, it resembles the authentic magnificent palace with the baroque style and soft colors. Today it serves as part of the five-star Cırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel. If you want to enjoy a luxurious stay, be sure to book one of the available suites.
Çırağan Cd., Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 212 326 4646
Visit Ortaköy Mosque
An elegant neo-baroque structure that decorates many postcards, Ortaköy or the Grand Imperial Mosque hosts some excellent examples of Islamic calligraphy. Don’t forget to get a picture of the gorgeous Bosporus Bridge that looms behind it, illustrating the remarkable old-meets-new character of the city.
Visit The Tomb Of Barbarossa
The legendary sailor Hayreddin Barbarossa made his home in the area, not only during life but also after death. Visit his tomb with the four sarcophagi and take a look at the historical monument beside it.
Address: Sinanpaşa, Istanbul
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