Where is the center of Istanbul?

The first place that comes to mind as the center of Istanbul is usually Sultanahmet Square and the historical places around it. Also known as Eminönü, this area is considered the historical and cultural center of Istanbul.

Eminönü is an important touristic district of Istanbul and is a settlement that existed as a separate district before being connected to the Fatih district. Sultanahmet Square and its surroundings, located in the Eminönü of the Fatih district, are now known as the most famous and iconic place in Istanbul.

Seen as the center of Istanbul, this area is home to some of Istanbul’s most famous and iconic landmarks:

  • Hagia Sophia: A historical architectural masterpiece that has served as a cathedral, mosque and museum for centuries.
  • Sultanahmet Mosque: A fascinating mosque known for its blue tiles and impressive architecture.
  • Topkapı Palace: The former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, now a museum where various artifacts and treasures are exhibited.
  • Basilica Cistern: An ancient underground water tank with columns and atmospheric lighting.
  • The Hippodrome: The site of a former auto racing track and various historical monuments.

All these landmarks are within walking distance of each other and are located in the old city of Istanbul. This area is often referred to as the “Old Town” or the “Historic Peninsula”.

Istanbul has many important historical and modern districts, districts and centers. It would not be correct to name only the Eminönü district as the center of Istanbul.

The financial center of Istanbul is the financial city of Ataşehir. In addition, Maslak and Levent regions are very famous in terms of business centers. The most important center of Istanbul on the Anatolian side is known as Kadıköy Rıhtım.