The Historic Areas of Istanbul are on a peninsula in Turkey between Anatolia and the Balkans. The Bosphorus Sea is to the east and the Marmara Sea is to the south, while the city has a natural harbor to the north, known as the Golden Horn.

It has seen many significant events in the past 2,000 years, as it was the capital for the Eastern Roman Empire and then for the Ottoman Empire.

The historic areas were originally built by Theodosius in the 5th century. Churches, synagogues and mosques were built next to each other and the people going there have gotten along for centuries. Located on two continents, it is a unique city unlike any other in the world.

WHY SPECIAL

4 sites in this World Heritage

  • Sultanahmet Urban Archaeological Component Area of World Heritage Site
  • Suleymaniye Mosque and its Associated Component Area of World Heritage Site
  • Zeyrek Mosque (Pantocrator Church) and its Associated Component Area of World Heritage Site
  • Istanbul Land Walls Component Area of World Heritage Site

Sultanahmet Urban Archaeological Component Area of World Heritage Site

Suleymaniye Mosque and its Associated Component Area of World Heritage Site

Zeyrek Mosque (Pantocrator Church) and its Associated Component Area of World Heritage Site

Istanbul Land Walls Component Area of World Heritage Site

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Turkey 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Areas of Istanbul
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1985
Keyword
Historic Center, Registered in 1985