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New openings in 2023-2024

The Byzantine cistern (Yerebatan), Blue Mosque, Maiden's Tower (Kizkulesi), Treasury at Topkapi Palace, Anatolian Fortress, and Upper Galleries at Hagia Sophia re-opened after restorations.

Entrance fees in 2024

As of 1st of March 2024, many State museums will charge in Euros, or its equivalent in Turkish Liras.

Museum Pass

You can buy the "Museum Pass" for foreigners which is valid for 5 days in various museums of Istanbul.

Museums open 7 days

Many State museums in Istanbul operate 7 days a week, except Topkapi Palace.

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Istanbul in Movies

Istanbul, a city spanning on two continents and the site of many civilizations throughout history, is the choice of visitors both in terms of tourism and art. In many foreign films it has offered a viewing pleasure, sometimes in a scene, sometimes in the background of almost the entire movie. It's a unique visual backdrop for international filmmakers, and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, as well as the Municipality of Istanbul and other government agencies, are very cooperative with issuing filming permits for foreigners and hosting the film crew. There are many natural sites, cultural and historical venues and neighborhoods in the city which draws attention of producers for shooting world-famous films such as James Bond series. The city's world-renowned sites, such as the Topkapi palace, Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Sultanahmet mosque (Blue mosque), the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan), historic bazaars, Eminönü and Beyazit neighborhoods with old streets, and many other locations have drawn a long list of filmmakers.

Below is a list of some of the most known movies that were shot in Istanbul.

Movie Year Genre Director Stars Locations
James Bond: From Russia With Love 1963 Action, Spy Terence Young Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn Beylerbeyi palace, Dolmabahce palace, old Yesilköy airport, Sulukule, Grand bazaar, Spice market, Basilica cistern
James Bond: The World Is Not Enough 1999 Action, Spy Michael Apted Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Judi Dench, Robert Carlyle, Colin Salmon Bosphorus, Kizkulesi tower, Dolmabahce palace
James Bond: Skyfall 2012 Action, Spy Sam Mendes Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw Grand bazaar, Eminönü, Beyazit
And also in Adana province and Fethiye
Inferno 2016 Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller Ron Howard Tom Hanks, Jean Reno, Audrey Tautou, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster Basilica cistern, Grand bazaar, Ayasofya, Sultanahmet square, Beyazit square
The Water Diviner 2014 Drama, War Russel Crowe Russel Crowe, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz Topkapi palace, Sultanahmet mosque
And also Kayaköy in Mugla province
Taken 2 2012 Action, Thriller Olivier Megaton Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Grand bazaar, old streets around Eminönü, Balat, Haydarpasa, Kadiköy
The Two Faces of January 2014 Thriller Hossein Amini Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac Balat neighbourhood
Argo 2012 Biography, Drama, Thriller Ben Affleck Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber Ayasofya, Grand bazaar, Kabatas, Fatih, Karaköy, Sirkeci, Eminönü
The International 2009 Thriller, Spy Tom Tykwer Naomi Watts, Haluk Bilginer, Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen, Jack McGee Sultanahmet, Grand bazaar
Hitman 2007 Action, Crime, Drama Xavier Gens Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko, Dougray Scott, Robert Knepper, Eriq Ebouaney Galata tower
Sniper: Ghost Shooter 2016 Action, Drama, Thriller Don Michael Paul Chad Michael Collins, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert Galata bridge, Eminönü
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 Spy, Thriller Tomas Alfredson Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenkova Karaköy neighborhood, Beyoglu istiklal street
The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2012 Thriller Mira Nair Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, Haluk Bilginer, Liev Schreiber, Nelsan Ellis, Riz Ahmed Old city area
And also Ankara
The Fall 2006 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy Tarsem Singh Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell Ayasofya
The Net 2.0 2006 Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller Charles Winkler Nikki Deloach, Cengiz Bozkurt, Demet Akbag Nuruosmaniye, Grand bazaar, Beyazit
A Touch of Spice 2003 Drama Tassos Baulmetis Basak Koklukaya, Tamer Karadagli, Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, Renia Louizidou Kadiköy market and nearby Haydarpasa station
The Rebound 2009 Comedy, Romance Bart Freundlich Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha, Lynn Whitfield, John Schneider, Tom Riis Farrell Ortaköy mosque, Bosphorus
The Accidental Spy 2002 Action, Comedy, Thriller Teddy Chen Jackie Chan, Min Kim, Eric Tsang, Vivian Hsu, Hsing-kuo Wu Grand bazaar, Topkapi palace, Sultanahmet
Race 2 2013 Action, Crime Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham Galata bridge, Eminönü
And also in Northern Cyprus (KKTC)
Hamam: The Turkish Bath 1997 Drama, Romance Ferzan Ozpetek Alessandro Gassmann, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi Aynali Sultan Hamam, Pera Palace hotel
Murder on the Orient Express 1974 Crime, Drama, Mystery Sidney Lumet Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, John Gielgud Sirkeci train station, Pera Palace hotel
Topkapi 1964 Crime, Adventure, Comedy Jules Dassin Peter Ustinov, Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, Danyal Topatan, Senih Orkan, Jess Hahn, Robert Morley Topkapi palace, Sultanahmet, mansions on the Bosphorus, Fatih neighborhood
Midnight Express 1978 Biography, Crime, Drama Alan Parker Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Irene Miracle, Paolo Bonacelli, Brad Davis Sagmalcilar prison, Bakirkoy mental hospital
The Girl on the Bridge
La fille sur le pont
1999 Drama, Romance, Comedy Patrice Leconte Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frederic Pfluger 2nd suspension bridge (FSM)
You Can't Win 'Em All 1970 Action, Adventure, Comedy Peter Collison Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Michele Mercier, Fikret Hakan, Salih Guney Sait Halim pasha mansion
And also in Izmir
Vampyros Lesbos 1971 Drama, Horror Jesus Franco Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller Eyüp neighbourhood, Pierre Loti hill, Eminönü, Kabatas, Büyükada island
Tintin and the Golden Fleece 1964 Adventure, Drama Jean-Jacques Vierne Jean-Pierre Talbot, Georges Wilson Bosphorus
Journey Into Fear 1943 Drama, B/W, Thriller Orson Welles Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Ruth Warrick Pera neighbourhood
Background To Danger 1943 Drama, War, Thriller Radul Walsh George Raft, Sydney Greenstreet Old city area
Istanbul 1957 Crime, Drama, Romance Joseph Pevney Errol Flynn, Cornell Borchers The old Yesilkoy Atatürk airport, Galata bridge, old city walls, Ortaköy, Sultanahmet
America, America 1963 Drama, B/W Elia Kazan Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam Sultanahmet, narrow streets in Eminönü, Karaköy
L'immortale 1963 Suspense, Thriller Alain Robbe-Grillet Francoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze Old city area, Golden horn, Dolmabahce palace, Bosphorus, Üsküdar, mosques and old city walls
The Secret of Stamboul 1936 Adventure Andrew Morton Valerie Hobson, James Mason, Frank Vosper, Kay Walsh Ayasofya, Bosphorus, Golden horn
Tyrant series 2014-2016       Bosphorus, Sultanahmet, and many other

Some other international movies and series that were shot around Turkey, other than in Istanbul, are:

Movie Year Stars Locations
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare 2024 Henry Cavill, Eiza Gonzalez Antalya province
Operation Fortune 2023 Jason Statham, Hugh Grant, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett Antalya and Aspendos
Ghost Rider; Spirit of Vengeance 2011 Nicolas Cage Cappadocia and Pamukkale
L'empire des Loups 2005 Jean Reno Cappadocia
Criminal Minds series: Beyond Borders 2016-2017   Antalya province in chapter 9

Hope to see you soon in Istanbul.