Culture is one of the most important aspects of Istanbul tourism. With its 8,500 years of history and culture, Istanbul has managed to attract attention and hosted millions of visitors at all times throughout the history.
As a response to this interest that is still live, Istanbul offers all the opportunities of cultural tourism that penetrates into every field of art with its modern art museums, galleries, streets hosting artists and concert venues and festivals that bring together cultural dynamism of the present day with its residents.
In addition to cultural and artistic production, there are also prayer centers in Istanbul, which are important places of daily life the people maintained for ages. Istanbul, which has been a cosmopolitan city throughout history, has made gastronomic tourism an important part of cultural tourism by reflecting the kitchens of the nations living within it.
Historical and Cultural Sites of Istanbul
There are 1796 sites with historical value in Istanbul, including 28 palaces, 91 madrasas, 517 mosques, 164 churches, 19 synagogues, 199 tombs, 595 fountains and 93 baths, which are home to cultural tourism.