Overview of Closing Days and Opening Hours in Istanbul

by Istanbul Trails

in City Trip, My Tips & Tricks, Things To See & Do

When planning a city trip to Istanbul, you may want to take a look at the opening hours of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions so you don’t find yourself standing in front of a closed door.

Sightseeing spots such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, Topkapi Palace and its Harem, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace and the Basilica Cistern all have their own closing days and slightly different operating hours.

Closing Days and Opening Hours of Istanbul's Tourist Attractions.

Please also consult the list of National, Official and Religious holidays in Turkey. Especially religious holidays vary from year to year.

Below you’ll find an overview (in alphabetical order) of what is open when and how long.

  • Archaeological Museums (Arkeoloji Müzeleri)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.00, no entrance after 16.00
    Closed: Monday, and until 12.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.30
    Closed: until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Big Palace Mosaic Museum (Büyük Saray Çinileri Müzesi)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 16.30
    Closed: Monday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
    Open: daily from 09.00 till dusk
    Closed: 30 min before until 30 min after prayer time, 2 hours during Friday noon prayer
  • Çadır Pavilion (Çadır Köşkü)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 22.00
    Closed: no closing days
  • Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Sarayı)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 16.00
    Closed: Monday, Thursday, January 1st and the first days of religious holidays
  • Egyptian or Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)
    Open: daily from 08.00 – 19.00
    Closed: Sunday, October 29th and the full duration of religious holidays
  • Fethiye Museum (Fethiye Müzesi)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 16.30
    Closed: Wednesday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Fortress of Europe (Rumeli Hisarı)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 16.30, no entrance after 16.00
    Closed: Wednesday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Fortress of Seven Towers (Yedikule Hisarı)
    Open: daily from 08.00 – 16.00
    Closed: no closing days
  • Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 20.00
    Closed: no closing days
  • Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
    Open: daily from 08.30 – 19.00
    Closed: Sunday, October 29th and the full duration of religious holidays
  • Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Müzesi)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.00
    Closed: Monday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Harem (Harem)
    Open: daily from 09.30 – 17.00, lunch break from 12.00 – 12.30
    Closed: Tuesday, and until 12.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Imperial Porcelain Factory (Yıldız Porselen Fabrikası)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 17.00
    Closed: Saturday, Sunday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Kariye Museum (Kariye Müzesi)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 16.30
    Closed: Wednesday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Malta Pavilion (Malta Köşkü)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 22.00
    Closed: no closing days
  • Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.30
    Closed: during prayer time
    Note: due to restoration, till 2010 only a small part of the mosque is open
  • Şale Pavilion (Şale Köşkü)
    Open: daily from 10.00 – 16.00
    Closed: Monday and Thursday
  • Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı)
    Open: daily from 09.00 – 17.00
    Closed: Tuesday, and until 12.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Turkish & Islamic Art Museum (Türk İslam Eserleri Müzesi)
    Open: daily from 09.30 – 16.30
    Closed: Monday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Tünel (Tünel)
    Open: daily from 07.00 – 21.00
    Closed: no closing days
  • Yıldız Palace (Yıldız Sarayı)
    Open: daily from 09.30 – 16.30
    Closed: Tuesday, and until 13.00 on the first day of religious holidays
  • Yıldız Park (Yıldız Korusu)
    Open: day and night
    Closed: no closing days

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