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Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, that holds modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus, in Tophane region. Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art. Apart from permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a photography gallery, and spaces for educational and social programs, the museum offers a cinema, restaurant, design store and an extensive library.

Dolmabahçe Palace Museum

Dolmabahce Palace built in 19th century, was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans residing there. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk transferred all government functions to the new capital but continued to use a room in the palace as his Istanbul residency. Dolmabahce Palace has a special place in the hearts of Turkish people as Atatürk passed away in this palace on the 10th of November 1938 at 9:05 am. All the clocks in the palace were stopped then and after so many decades, they are still showing 09.05.

Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus shore was first built in the 18th century. The current mosque erected in its place was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 - 1856. Its architects were father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan who also designed the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace and the Dolmabahçe Mosque. Neo-Baroque style mosque is home to examples of Islamic calligraphy by Sultan Abdülmecid himself who was also a master calligrapher; “hattat”. Until recently it was closed for restoration and has just been reopened on June 6th, 2014.


Nişantaşı is a quarter of the Şişli district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. A popular shopping and residential district, it is considered to be one of Istanbul's most exclusive neighbourhoods. The area includes brand name stores, popular European-style cafés, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. Abdi İpekçi Street, Turkey's most expensive shopping street in terms of lease prices, stretches from the neighbourhoods of Maçka and Teşvikiye to the center of Nişantaşı. Istanbul University and Marmara University are also located in Nişantaşı area. Nişantaşı is today a fashionable shopping district and an affluent, secular residential area. Nobel laureate Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk is a local resident.


Bebek is a historic Istanbul neighbourhood which is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus and is surrounded by similarly affluent neighbourhoods such as Arnavutköy, Etiler and Rumeli Hisarı. The direct translation of the word "Bebek" from Turkish is "baby", which is a reference to the neighborhood's attractive positioning on the Bosphorus with its deep, sheltered bay and sweeping views in both directions along the waterway. Bebek was a popular residential district under Ottoman rule and still haven’t lost it. Its population reflected the diverse society of the time, which is still visible in Bebek's historic architecture and contemporary constituencies. Boğaziçi University is located in Bebek.


Rumelihisarı (also known as Rumelian Castle) is located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople. The three great towers were named after three of Mehmed II's viziers, Sadrazam Çandarlı Halil Pasha, who built the big tower next to the gate, Zağanos Pasha, who built the south tower, and Sarıca Pasha, who built the north tower. Rumelihisarı is open to public every day except Wednesdays from 9:00 to 16:30.

Borusan Contemporary

Borusan Contemporary is a space for art and a multi-platform program of exhibitions, events, educational initiatives, new commissions and site specific installations rooted in the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection. These activities are defined by their specific focus on media arts broadly defined, ie artists who work with time, light, technology, video, software and beyond. Most of the program takes place at the Perili Köşk Istanbul, and co-exists with the offices of Borusan Holding, in essence creating a unique atmosphere in an office paradigm. The entire building including the galleries, office space, café, Borusan ArtStore and outdoor terraces with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus are open to the public on the weekends.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Sabancı University's Sakıp Sabancı Museum is located in Emirgan, at one of Istanbul's oldest settlements on the Bosphorus. After the death of Hacı Ömer Sabancı in 1966, Atlı Köşk began to be used permanently as a home by Sakıp Sabancı in 1974 and for many years housed Sakıp Sabancı's rich collection of calligraphy and paintings. In 1998, together with its collection and furnishings, the mansion was allocated to Sabancı University to be transformed into a museum. Today, Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there.

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