Places to See and Visit in Eminönü and Sirkeci

Eminönü and Sirkeci districts are the heart of the Historic Peninsula, which is the historical center of Istanbul. They are the most active and touristic places in the region. This region is like an open-air museum with its proximity to Sultanahmet, the Bosphorus and many historical buildings.

Legacy Ottoman Hotel dominates these two districts with its location right between Eminönü and Sirkeci. Our guests staying at the hotel can get lost in the historical atmosphere of this region.

Places to See in Eminönü and Sirkeci

Eminonu Square

Eminönü Square is one of the most visited squares in Istanbul by local and foreign tourists. This square, which is like the heart of Istanbul transportation, is always active and lively. The New Mosque, Spice Bazaar and Eminönü Ferry Docks, just across the Galata Bridge, are among the places to visit in the square.


The Spice Bazaar

Located in Eminönü square, the Spice Bazaar is one of the most popular places for local and foreign tourists with its colorful stalls. The ornate and flamboyant versions of the spice counters attract people’s attention to this bazaar.

spice bazaar

Spice Bazaar, which dates back to the 17th century, is one of the most exotic and oldest covered bazaars in Istanbul. In the years it was founded, spices and herbs from Far Eastern countries were sold especially in this market. Since most of the products come from Egypt, it started to be called the Spice Bazaar in time.

New Mosque

The New Mosque, located right across the Galata Bridge, dazzles with its architecture and gigantic dimensions. The mosque, which has a lively and lively courtyard throughout the day, was started to be built in 1597. As a result of various delays, its construction was completed in 1663.

The interior of the mosque is decorated with turquoise, blue and white motifs and Iznik tiles.

Turkey İş Bank Museum

Built in 1892, the building was used as a post office building in its early years. Later, Turkey Business Bank branch building, which is among the largest of the New Mosque and the post office building.

It was opened to the public as a museum on 14 November 2007. In the museum, Turkey Turkey’s banking testify to the economic development of the Bank’s establishment until today, the day on which work is exhibited and documents related to organizational structure. Entrance to the museum is free.

Gulhane Park

Gülhane Park is the most famous and most visited park in Istanbul. Beautiful flowers, pools and resting places in the park are some of the features that attract many people here.

gulhane park

Gülhane Park was the outer garden of Topkapı Palace during the Ottoman Empire period. There was a grove and rose gardens in the garden. The Tanzimat Edict, which was read in 1839, was read here.

Sirkeci Station

Sirkeci Station is one of the main train stations in Istanbul. Its architecture has an orientalist style. It was built by German architect August Jachmund in 1888 during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II for the Historical Orient Express.

Sirkeci station

Sirkeci Station fascinates visitors with its Byzantine-style walls made of rows of stones and bricks, Seljuk gate and arched windows in the shape of horseshoes suitable for Islamic architecture.

General Post Office

The Great Post Office, one of the most striking buildings of Istanbul, is located in Hobyar Neighborhood between Eminönü and Sirkeci. It was built by architect Vedat Tek between 1904-1909.

Eyes filled with magnificent architecture, building, is Turkey’s largest post office. Contents of PTT Museum has exhibits about the history of Turkey’s communications and telecommunications.

Hocapaşa Hammam

Hocapaşa Hammam, built about 500 years ago, was designed as a double bath. Hocapaşa Hamam, which was used as a warehouse for a while, was taken into maintenance in 1988. Some of the building, which has been serving as a Cultural Center since 2008, is also used as a bazaar.

Istanbul Railways Museum

It is a museum where you can see the history of the use of rail development in Turkey and Istanbul Railway Museum. It is located inside the Sirkeci Train Station. In the museum, which was opened in 2005, documents, maps, plan projects and materials belonging to the Orient Express are exhibited in the museum. The museum, which contains approximately 300 works, can be visited every day of the week except Mondays.