Steeped in Byzantine and Ottoman influences, the districts of Süleymaniye and Zeyrek reflect the long history of İstanbul. They have been residential areas throughout their history. In the early Byzantine era, they were characterized by their monasteries. After the conquest, they became Muslim quarters.
Now under the protection of UNESCO’s World Heritage status, the traditional Ottoman urban architecture of Süleymaniye and Zeyrek, characterized by wooden houses and winding streets, is being preserved for future generations to enjoy.