Historic Areas of Istanbul, Turkey
Total Visitors (2017):
at least 1,932,726
(*Visitor Data from Topkapi Palace Museum visitor numbers)
The UNESCO listed Historic Areas of Istanbul is a serial inscription composed of four properties: Sultanahmet Archaeological Park;
Suleymaniye Mosque and its surroundings;
Zeyrek Mosque and its surroundings;
and, the Theodosian land walls.
These properties were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1985.
Istanbul is the only city situated on two of the World’s continents. Its World Heritage properties are located on the so-called Historical Peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn in the European side of the city.
Istanbul's rich cultural history stems from its place in history as the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire.