5 spots to take in the view in Istanbul

1) Christ Hill - Burgazada

A sense of penetrating serenity is inevitable when you reach the top of Burgazada overlooking the expanse of the sea and horizon. The Hristos Tepesi (Christ Hill) was once home to a Byzantine monastery, but nowadays only ruins and a small 19th-century church remain, as well as the fascinating Greek cemetery amid the pines.

view of the Christ Hill on Burgazada island

Burgazada Mh., Follow dirt path past Büyük Çamlık Sk.

2) Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque

Built between 1522 and 1529, this mosque is dedicated to the infamous Selim I who killed more than a few of his family members in order to guarantee his and his son Süleyman the Magnificent’s ascension to the throne. Located on Istanbul’s fifth hill, the mosque’s terrace looks out over a gorgeous Golden Horn view.

Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque in Istanbul

Balat Mh. Sultan Selim Cd. 18

+90 212 599 34 77

3) 5. Kat

Owned by the Turkish actress Yasemin Alkaya, 5. Kat (5th Floor) has been a favourite among the Cihangir neighbourhood’s intellectual crowd since 1993. Of course, the fantastic Bosphorus view from the terrace, as well as live musical performances, are some additional reasons why locals keep coming back.

restaurant 5. Kat

Cihangir Mh. Soğancı Sk. 3, 5th floor

+90 212 293 37 74

http://5kat.com

4) Kalpazankaya

Another hidden beauty on the lovely island of Burgaz, Kalpazankaya’s simple wooden tables and chairs look out over a beautiful view of the sea underneath the shade of pine trees. A great place to grab a simple lunch while exploring the island or for watching the sunset.

view from Kalpazankaya restaurant on Burgaz Island

Burgazada Mh. Kalpazankaya Yolu Sk. 42

+90 216 381 11 11

http://kalpazankaya.com.tr

5) Rumeli Feneri Castle

Located on Istanbul’s northernmost point, the quiet fishing village of Rumeli Feneri, with its casual seafood eateries, is a wonder completely removed from city life. The nearby 17th-century Rumeli Feneri Castle, built by Sultan Murad IV for surveillance purposes, looks out over the wild open sea.

a woman on top of Rumeli Feneri Castle in Istanbul

Rumelifeneri Mh.

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