Best architectural samples in Istanbul

Istanbul… the city where the old meets the new… A wonderful place where you can admire both the traditional Ottoman architecture and contemporary works! Read the list and get to know some of the best architectural samples in Istanbul! 


Haydarpasa Station


A major intercity railway station which served until 2012, located on the Asian side of the city, slightly north of the central of Kadikoy. An impressing building surrounded by water on three sides, standing proudly on the edge of the Marmara sea! Haydarpasa opened in 1872, designed with Neo-Renaissance elements, resembling German castle. A scenic transport center which was a gift by the German ally Kaiser Wilhelm II to Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II.


Sirkeci Station


An imposing international railway station which hosted the most famous train… the Orient Express! Located almost on the banks of Bosphorus and close to Topkapi Palace, Sirkeci Station and Orient Express, became the symbols of Istanbul very quick. An oriental sytle building, where West meets East! Several clock towers, large tile stones, stained glass, big entrance door, granite and marble… were the main ingredients that August Jasmund used for the design and construction!


Salt Galata


In the 19th century, an architect of the Ottoman government, designed and build this gorgeous building, in order to serve as the headquarter of the Ottoman bank. In the recent years, it has turned into an exhibition and research center, hosting exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances and many more. Salt is Turkey’s largest cultural institution, featuring neo-Renaissance and Oriental elements, creating a unique sight! Salt is located under Galata Tower at the famous Karakoy area.


Kanyon Mall


A multi-purpose complex, which unites a 160-store shopping mall, a 30-floor office tower and a 22-floor residential block, opened in 2006. One of the most modern shopping malls in Istanbul, with amazing architectural, created with bold shapes! The main facade created to resemble a canyon (hence the name) and the main materials of the design construction were the stone, the tile and the concrete.  Kanyon is located at the Levent area of the city, next to the metro station.


Sakirin Mosque


The most modern mosque, not only in Istanbul but all over Turkey! A futuristic construction, built by the Semiha Sakir Foundation in the memory of Ibrahim and Semiha Sakir in 2009. This amazing mosque is located on the Asian side of the city, at Uskudar district. The international famous Zeynep Fadillioglu, was the interior designer of the mosque, who created a contemporary masterpiece! The large windows, the asymmetrical chandelier, the turquoise mihrab, the big woman’s area and the metal-aluminum details, create a unique worship place.


Suleymaniye Mosque


The most famous architect of the Ottoman era, Mimar Sinan, built the biggest mosque in Istanbul in the orders of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in 1558. This complex is an absolute masterpiece and a finest example of the Ottoman architecture, combining Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements! At the complex, there are also located the tombs of the famous Sultan Suleyman and his wife, Hurrem Sultan. Behind the main mosque, there is a big garden which provides amazing views to the city!


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