Historic Areas of Istanbul (WHS)

With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, all now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

Ciragan Palace interior

Istanbul, Turkey

Ciragan Palace terrace

Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk Theodosius

Istanbul, Turkey

Sancta Sophia

Istanbul, Turkey

Sulemaniye Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi museum model

Istanbul, Turkey

Topkapi museum