Famous Spot In Istanbul Karaköy
Karaköy is one of the famous districts of Istanbul and its most beautiful neighborhood, which reflects the echo of the global architecture of the Ottoman Empire with all the strength and authenticity it represented.
There you will witness the multicultural history of Istanbul by visiting the region and learning about its heritage, with its buildings that are considered one of the most important tourist sites in Turkey, because they were an important part of the former coastal city of Constantinople during the Byzantine era.
Currently, Karakoy district in Istanbul is a seafront located next to the port, where funky cafes mix with neighborhood bakeries and family-run stores, and Ottoman-era buildings gracefully blend in with modern art houses, studios, and designer stores of modern street fashion.
Places you can visit in the Karakoy district of Istanbul
Karakoy has a long history that left traces that still exist to this day, and the region is considered a waterfront, part of its coasts extends within the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, and another part features views of the famous Golden Horn.
Galata Bridge is one of the most important and famous tourist attractions in European Istanbul, thanks to its entertainment atmosphere, enjoyable activities, a charming view of the Bosphorus waters, and the most important landmarks on its banks, with its strategic role in linking the northern and southern sides of the Golden Horn.
The history of the Galata Bridge was first established in 1845 by Sultan Abdul Majid II. At that time it was built as a wooden bridge, and it was called the new bridge, but it did not last for long.
In 1914 the bridge was re-established from heavier and stronger materials, and an electric train was passed through it linking Eminonu with Karakoy, and it is located in the Eminonu area in Istanbul.
With a decision in 1987 to build another bridge near the old Galata Bridge, the old bridge was exposed to fire and its intact stones were used to pave the land road in front of the Ataturk Bridge (the third Bosphorus Bridge), while the new Galata Bridge was constructed of steel in 1992 with a span of 490 meters and a width of 42 meters.
It was opened to the public in 1994 to become one of the legends of tourism in Turkey.
Galata Tower is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Turkey recommended to be visited during tourism tours in Istanbul because of its location and distinct view of the city and its beautiful coast, in addition to its ancient history dating back to the era of Roman civilization, where it was established for the first time during the fifth century.
The tower was rebuilt again during the Ottoman era, specifically the mid-14th century, then the beginning of the 15th century, after a great fire that afflicted it, and was used as a prison and astronomical observatory over several centuries before it turned into a tourist attraction.
The Galata Tower consists of 9 floors, about 67 meters above the ground and 35 meters above sea level, and it includes an elevator to transport visitors to its upper floors, which is taken after the second floor.
You can enjoy a walking tour of Karakoy Port to see its sights and views, and to take some souvenir photos. You can also take advantage of the periodic port trips to the ancient Kadikoy Istanbul, Askudar, the most important neighborhood of the city, Sultan Eyup, and many others.
Kilic Ali Pasha School
You can visit the Kılıç Ali Pasha School, which dates back to the late nineteenth century, located in the separating area between Kabatas and Karakoy. You must wander around, which includes a mosque among other facilities, and then take a break in the school café.
Daily from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Except for the Saturday and Sunday school weekend.
Kılıç Ali Pasha Bath (Hamam)
During your tour around the region, do not forget to try the traditional Turkish Hamam (bath), and take advantage of some of the services of the Kılıç Ali Pasha Hammam. You can also get many types of aromatherapy massages, and experience cold and hot rooms, as well as baths and bubble baths.
Daily in the morning from 8:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the evening.
The evening period is from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
You can visit Karakoy Palace, which dates back to 1910 AD, which is considered one of the ancient buildings and one of Istanbul's historical landmarks. You can also take some pictures of the palace building, which is characterized by many arches and irregular windows, and includes several prominent and ornate balconies. There are several shops near the palace that you can buy gifts from, and some restaurants and cafes, where you can rest to eat traditional and international dishes.
The Yeralti Mosque, one of Istanbul's historic Ottoman mosques, dates back to the 18th century AD, and the mosque building is located underground. The mosque was built under a previous tower built by Omar bin Abdul Aziz to control the entrance to the Golden Horn.
Upon entering the mosque, enjoy a tour of its halls and under its corridors marked by its arches, and do not forget to pass by the shrines of the Prophet’s companions that are embraced by them.
You must see the oldest tughra, or coin, seen on the inscription in Istanbul, which you will find above the entrance gate.
Karakoy hotels include a large number of luxurious and important Istanbul Asian hotels, which you can make reservations through our website from here.
Karakoy contains the best popular restaurants in Istanbul that are worth trying, as it is a coastal area, so you will definitely find the best Istanbul restaurants by the sea in it, along with the cafes and street vendors that roam the streets providing the most delicious traditional Turkish food. Especially on Karakoy street adjacent to the beach.