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List of Famous Istanbul Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Istanbul skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Istanbul architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Istanbul are included on this list. Information about these Istanbul buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Istanbul and older historic landmarks.

The list you're viewing is made up of buildings like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapı Palace.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Istanbul?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Istanbul. Famous architectural houses within the city of Istanbul are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
  • Adile Sultan Palace is the former royal residence of Ottoman princess Adile Sultan. It was donated to the state by Adile Sultan to be used as a school building for the Kandilli Anatolian High School for Girls and is today a cultural center. It is located in the Kandilli neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Istanbul, Turkey
    • Building Function: Palace
  • The Beylerbeyi Palace is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Istanbul, Turkey
    • Architect: Balyan family
    • Created By: Balyan family
    • Style: Ottoman Turkish architecture, Second Empire, Baroque architecture
    • Building Function: Palace
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    Diamond of Istanbul

    Diamond of Istanbul is the tallest building under construction in Istanbul, Turkey, being built on the Büyükdere Avenue in the city's Maslak central business district of Şişli. It is also the country's first steel skyscraper. When completed, it will rise 53 floors above ground level and reach an above-ground height of 270 meters; thus surpassing the current tallest skyscraper in Istanbul, the 261 m Istanbul Sapphire in Levent. Its design, by Dome Architecture of Istanbul, comprises three steel wings connected to the central elevator core. The three wings will house a luxury hotel, A-class offices, and rental skyscraper apartments The tallest of the three wings will have an overall total of... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Turkey
    • Structural Height (m): 270.0
  • Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval in which Yıldız Palace was used.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Istanbul, Greater Istanbul, Marmara Region, Istanbul Province, Turkey
    • Opened: Jan 01 1856
    • Architect: Balyan family, Evanis Kalfa
    • Created By: Balyan family, Evanis Kalfa
    • Style: Rococo, Neoclassical architecture, Ottoman Turkish architecture, Baroque architecture
    • Building Function: Palace