The 10 most photographed sites in Istanbul
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The 10 most photographed sites in Istanbul

Created : 29 Nov 2022
The 10 most photographed sites in Istanbul

During the past years, Istanbul has entered the ranking of the 10 most visited cities in the world. In fact, according to data from the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the Turkish metropolis has received more than five million visitors only during the first six months of 2022. It will be because of the Bosphorus, its mosques, its alleys, its markets, its gastronomy, its hospitality... There are plenty of reasons.

And it is that the capital of the world, as Napoleon Bonaparte used to call it, has some unique and precious scenarios. Every day, thousands of people stop by historical monuments and perfect framing to immortalize their time in Istanbul. Among all the corners of this city, some stand out above the rest. Here we show you the 10 most 'instagrammable' corners of this city.

Ortaköy Mosque

It is one of the most famous postcards of Istanbul because it has it all: the beautiful Ortaköy Mosque and unbeatable views of the Bosphorus. Although the interior of this monument is already beautiful in itself, the most photographed part of this mosque is its exterior. It is located almost touching the water and its background allows you to see the two continents.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace is one of the most mandatory stops for anyone living in or visiting Istanbul. This palace, located in Beşiktaş, was the residence of some of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Although it is forbidden to take photos inside the palace, it is possible to do so in the garden area. The exterior of Dolmabahçe is beautiful, full of green areas and spectacular views of the sea. After visiting all the rooms of the palace, the visit ends in front of the famous white doors that overlook the Bosphorus, an almost angelic scenario for taking photos.

Blue Mosque

Another of the most photographed corners of Istanbul is the Blue Mosque. It is a scenario with a lot of history and the architecture of this mosque makes it a treasure for all photography lovers. Although it is easier to appreciate its beauty during the day, at night it acquires a unique charm. Its interior also leaves all visitors speechless.

Galata Bridge

You can't miss the Galata Bridge either. For many, it is one of the most peculiar places in Istanbul, because it offers some of the best views of the city's skyline. From this bridge, you will be able to see many of the most popular mosques in the metropolis, you will be able to enjoy spectacular sunrises and, in addition, you will be able to see how the fishermen spend hours and hours fishing.

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is another mythical place to take photos. It is one of the oldest buildings in Istanbul, with a lot of history behind it. According to the legend, those lovers who ask to marry each other in the Galata Tower will end up getting married and having a story with a happy ending. But this historical monument goes much further. Architecturally it is spectacular, and the streets that surround it are the perfect setting to take unparalleled photos.

Kuçuksu Palace

Another of the most photographed palaces is the Kuçuksu one. In the old days, it used to be the summer house of some sultans. It is also located on the banks of the Bosphorus and, like the one in Dolmabahçe, it has beautiful doors that face the sea

Maiden Tower

Another of the most iconic postcards of Istanbul is the one of the Maiden Tower. The best option to take the best photos of this tower is to take a ferry to Üsküdar. Although the tower is currently closed, you can take very nice photos from the boats.


Balat is, without a doubt, one of the most photographed places in Istanbul. Being a neighborhood full of color, it is practically impossible for visitors not to want to immortalize their time there. There are hundreds of colorful facades, cute cafeterias and unique corners. We recommend you visit Balat during the day, to appreciate each one of its details.

Kamondo stairs

Kamondo Stairs is perhaps the most peculiar site on this list. These are probably the most famous stairs in Turkey. They were built in 1850 and they mix the neo-baroque style with Art Nouveau. These stairs are not only photographed by tourists and residents but have also been photographed by professional photographers on various occasions.

Ayranci Sokak

Ayranci street is located in Eminönü and is popular because it is full of colorful umbrellas and graffiti. The most photographed spot on this street is in front of the Haliç Cafe, which also offers a spectacular view of the Golden Horn from its terrace.


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