Known for impressive buildings with a contrast of Eastern and Western styles, Istanbul is a fascinating city to wander. Walking through the city of Istanbul feels like stepping back in time. Most of the tourists get busy in exploring tourist-centric attractions like Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and others, and they miss exploring the other magnificent buildings which adds glory to the city.
The Architectural Wonders of Istanbul
Haydarpaşa Railway Station
Overlooking the Bosphorus, Haydarpaşa Railway Station is located near Rasimpaşa Mahallesi. It was the busiest railway station and a major commuter rail hub in Turkey until its closure in 2012. Board a ferry from Eminönü or Karaköy to Kadıköy to wander around the Haydarpaşa Railway Station. Visitors can wander inside the station and get into the past for a while.
Located near Haydarpaşa Terminal, Selimiye Barracks is quite an imposing structure that offers a ferry ride from Europe to Asia. It served as a military hospital during the Crimean War. The famous nurse, Florence Nightingale had served the injured British soldiers immensely at the Selimiye Barracks during the war. Now the northernmost tower of the Barracks has declared as the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Located near the Selimiye Barracks, Marmara University is equally impressive to pay a visit. This 1883 built structure was Turkey’s first medical school and now serving as Haydarpaşa campus of Marmara University. Marmara University must include your Istanbul trip if you’re exploring the Asian side of Istanbul.
Küçüksu Kasrı or Göksu Pavilion is a hidden gem of Istanbul located in Küçüksu neighborhood. Lavish palace situated on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus was used by sultans during their hunting trips and excursions. The small yet elegant palace was changed to state’s guesthouse for years before it transformed into a museum. Visiting the elegantly designed Göksu Pavilion is a must and should include your Istanbul itinerary.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque
Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque is located at the top of the Istanbul’s fifth hill overlooking the Golden Horn. Its geographic position makes the mosque a popular structure on the Istanbul skyline. The famous mosque itself is decorated with handmade İznik tiles which deserve a mention.
Since Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia, this is one perfect choice to explore both European and Asian architecture. Beylerbeyi Palace is one beautiful palace boasting the spectacular Bosphorus views located on the Asian side. The three-floored Beylerbeyi Palace was the summer home for the sultans. The lavish palace features Bohemian crystal chandeliers, porcelain vases, and other elegant items that enhance the beauty of the palace.
The Sancaklar Mosque is a simple cave-like space located in Buyukçekmece. It is one of a kind mosque with different religious structure. After climbing down the inclined stone stairs, you can see a slab canopy over the interior of the mosque offering a simple-cave like space to pray in peace. The interior of the mosque is devoid of the routine decoration.
Brilliant trips are only possible when you choose unique things to explore. Make an unique Istanbul trip at these unique attractions.