Beyoglu is a cosmpolitan district on the European side of Istanbul that includes both Taksim Square and the famous Istiklal Caddesi. Located just north of the Golden Horn and connected to the old city center by the Galata Bridge, Beyoglu is the city’s modern center of shopping, entertainment and nightlife. 

The area around Beyoglu has been inhabited since the time of Christ and grew as a city as early as the 5th century. Known then as Galata, it was also the site of a fortress built by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II. Eventually, it became a base for European merchants and was alternately controlled by the Genoese and the Venetians before being settled primarily by Turks in the 15th century.

By the mid-19th century, Beyoglu again had a European flavor, with international diplomats and traders settling in the district and making it the most Westernized part of Istanbul. Even today, numerous consulates remain in the area.

In addition to the shopping, dining and nightlife around Istiklal and Taksim Square, Beyoglu is home to a variety of museums, including the Pera Museum (exhibiting art from the late Ottoman Period), the Dogancay Museum (showcasing works by artist Burhan Dogancay) and the Jewish Museum of Turkey. You can also find Turkey’s largest Catholic church and largest synagogue in Beyoglu.

Practical Information

Beyoglu is easily accessible from most parts of the city by tram, metro, ferry or on foot.  Trams and metro trains stop in several places around the district and ferries run regularly to and from the Asian side of Istanbul. Coming from Sultanahment or Eminonu, it is an easy walk over the Galata Bridge.

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Full-Day Private Istanbul Jewish Heritage Tour

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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour, Istanbul, Cultural Tours
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

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Modern Art Tour of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata and Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul, ... 
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Modern Art Tour of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata and Istanbul Modern Art Museum

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Istanbul Small-Group Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise and Lunch, Istanbul, ... 
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Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Istanbul Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the history of Istanbul’s Jewish community on a 4-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Travel to the Jewish quarter of Karaköy, ...  Read more

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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

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Eat like a local on this evening walking tour of Istanbul’s bustling Beyoğlu district. Follow your guide around uncharted side streets as the locals head out ...  Read more

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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport, Istanbul, Food Tours
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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Istanbul's Jewish Heritage

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Delve into Istanbul’s fascinating Jewish history and culture on this private tour of the city’s Jewish sites and synagogues. With a knowledgeable local as your ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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