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There’s a great selection of Ottoman Empire sites and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Ottoman sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Ottoman Empire sites.
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Acre is a UNESCO listed site of a city in Israel fortified by the Crusaders and the Ottomans.
With Hellenistic foundations, this magnificent Seljuk ruin sits atop a 250m high peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Part of Alanya Castle, the Citadel (or Ickale) dates back to the 6th century and offers magnificent views.
Anadolu Hisari was built by the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid I in 1395.
Belogradchik Fortress is an impressive fortification in Bulgaria with a history dating back to Roman times and later occupied by the Ottomans.
Berat is a popular historic town in Albania containing an impressive 13th century castle as well as interesting museums.
Beylerbeyi Palace is a nineteenth century palace built by Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz to house important guests.
Dolmabahce Palace is an opulent nineteenth century palace which twice served as the seat of the Ottoman Empire.
Fil’akovo Castle is a medieval site on the current Slovak Hungarian border and the former frontier of the Ottoman Empire.
Galata Tower is a medieval turreted tower first built by the Genoese in 1348 and later restored by the Ottomans.
The Grandmasters Palace of Rhodes was the base of the Knights Hospitaller of St John and was captured by the Ottomans.
One of the most famous Ottoman sites, the Hagia Sophia is a world famous sixth century church turned mosque in Istanbul.
The Istanbul Archaeology Museum houses around a million artefacts from an impressive range of cultures and periods.
Part of Alanya Castle, the Kizilkule or Red Tower was built in 1226 and stands 29 meters high.
Melnik is said to be Bulgaria’s smallest town yet has quite a few historic buildings, several from the medieval period.
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is a site through which visitors can explore both the cultural and political history of Turkey.
Paphos Castle is a medieval fortification in Paphos Harbour. The current structure was built by the Ottomans.
The Rumeli Fortress was built by Mehmet the Conqueror as part of his campaign to capture Constantinople.
St Savior in Chora is an eleventh century church turned mosque and, more recently, a museum known as Kariye Muzesi.
One of the most picyuresque Ottoman sites, the Blue Mosque was the ambitious creation of a young sultan and would become one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks.
The Skopje Aqueduct is a stone aqueduct in Macedonia, possibly built by the Romans.
The White Tower of Thessaloniki, is a cylindrical stone tower monument and museum in the city of Thessaloniki, capital of the Macedonian region of northern Greece.
Topkapı Palace is a fifteenth century former residence of the Ottoman Sultans and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Van Castle was built in the Iron Age as part of the Urartu Kingdom and now stands as a stunning ruin in modern Turkey.
Yedikule Zindanlari is an impressive Byzantine and medieval fort in Istanbul.
Built in the 1880s as a hilltop sultanate retreat, the vast 123 acre Yildiz Palace complex overlooks the mighty Bosphorus and is a stunning example of 19th century Ottoman architecture.