Walking Tour of Istanbul's Asian Part, Istanbul

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Istanbul, Turkey's wealthiest and biggest city is split by the Bosphorus in two parts - European and Asian. In this tour you can experience the eastern side and feel the true spirit of the Orient with small, crowded streets and countless mosques.

Walk Route

Guide Name: Walking Tour of Istanbul's Asian Part
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: kane

1) Leander's Tower

The Lenders Tower is also called the Maidens Tower and the Kız Kulesi in Turkish. The “Lenders Towers” was the name given to the tower during the ancient Greek and the medieval Byzantine periods which means “Tower of Leandros”. The tower is located on a small island in the middle of the Borphorus Strait, near its Southern entrance, approximately two hundred meters off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul.

The tower was built to control the movements of various ships in the Bosphorus...
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2) Şemsi Pasha Mosque

The Şemsi Pasha Mosque is an Imperial Ottoman Mosque located in the district of Üsküdar, in Istanbul. Designed by the famous Ottoman Imperial Architect Mimar Sinan, the Mosque is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture. The Şemsi Pasha Mosque was designed for the Grand Vizier Şemsi Pasha in 1580.

Although small in size compared to other mosques designed by Mimar Sinan, the mosque’s waterfront location makes it a popular tourist spot for visitors to the city of Istanbul, and it is one of...
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3) Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque is also known as the Iskele Mosque and the Jetty Mosque. It is an Imperial Ottoman mosque located in, Üsküdar Square, Istanbul. This mosque is one of the best land marks of Üsküdar. This mosque was built on the order of the Princess Mihrimah Sultana, the most favorite daughter of Sultan “Suleiman the Magnificent” and the wife of Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha. The mosque was designed by the famous Imperial Architect Mimar Sinan, and completed in 1548, and it takes...
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4) Fethi Paşa Korusu

Fethi Paşa Korusu park, recently renovated, is one of the best places in the Asian part of the city to enjoy the beautiful view over the Bosphorus. Here you can have a walk in the vast green area, far from the crowds of the narrow streets outside the...

5) Bosphorus Bridge -Asian Bank

The Bosphorus Bridge is the famous bridge in Istanbul that connects the Asian and European banks of the Bosphorus Strait. This is the first of the two bridges that connect the banks, the other being the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also called the Second Bridge. The Bosphorus Bridge links the chic Istanbul destination Ortakoy on the European side with the Beylerbeyi on the Asian side. This is a suspension bridge, and has the sixteenth longest span in the world over one thousand meters. The bridge...
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6) Beylerbeyi Palace

The Beylerbeyi Palace is a summer place overlooking the Bosphorus Strait from its Asian shore present in Istanbul. This summer palace was built for the Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz. The Palace is located in Beylerbeyi, Istanbul.

This Imperial residence was often used by visiting dignitaries and royalty, and also by the Sultan himself. It is a tastefully decorated palace, with many chandeliers and a fountain present in the main salon. There are many decorative Chinese vases and Sevres, and the...
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