Welcome to Istanbul
Whether you are an independent traveller seeking a really special holiday, a business person needing a luxury hotel where you can really unwind, or if you are simply indulging in your own personal weekend break retreat in historical sight of Istanbul - we have nice rooms of your dreams!
We are located in the old Peninsula of istanbul within walking distance to it’s highlights; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Archeological Museum, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Milennium Stone and Byzantine Hippodrome. All of them in walking distance within few minutes.
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Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural and historical center. The population of almost 15 million lives in Istanbul's vast area of 5,343 square kilometers. Istanbul is situated at the Bosphorus – one of the world's busiest waterways – in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives on the Asian side.
Founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city developed into one of the most significant cities in history. For nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the last caliphate. Although the Republic of Turkey established its capital in Ankara, palaces and imperial mosques still line Istanbul's hills as visible reminders of the city's previous central role.
Istanbul's strategic position along the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have helped to foster an eclectic populace, although less so since the establishment of the Republic in 1923. Arts festivals were established at the end of the 20th century, while infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network.
The city's biggest draw remains its historic center which is around Sultanahmet Square, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn (Haliç) and the Taksim area.
Archeology Museum : Founded in 1881 by the eminent painter, architect, and Renaissance man Osman Hamdi Bey, this often overlooked site is actually a group of three museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. The Museum’s holdings constitute the best collection of ancient art to be found under one roof in Turkey. To get here, take the tram to the Gülhane stop and enter the park; it’s only a short walk to the Museum. İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri; Alemdar Caddesi Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu Sokak, Sultanahmet; T: (0212) 520 77 40
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts : The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is situated in the 16th century İbrahim Paşa Palace, which was commissioned by Süleyman the Magnificent. Its collection of carpets is one of the best in the world, and it features excellent examples of calligraphy and ceramics from many different Islamic cultures, in addition to ethnographic exhibits focusing on Anatolian tribespeople. The museum is located on the opposite side of the Hippodrome from the Blue Mosque, near the Sultanahmet tram stop. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts; At Meydanı No. 46, Sultanahmet; T: (0212) 518 13 85
Istanbul Modern : Situated in a converted warehouse on the Bosphorus, this museum – which opened in 2004 – has been a catalyst for putting Turkish modern and contemporary art on the global map. The museum’s Cinema Center offers film screenings which are free with museum admission. The entry to Istanbul Modern is a short walk from the Tophane tram stop. Istanbul Modern; Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi Antrepo No. 4, Karaköy; T: (0212) 334 73 00
Kariye Müzesi (Chora Church): Also known as the Church of St. Savior in Chora, this church-turned-mosque-turned-museum was originally built in the 6th century, like Hagia Sophia; the building you see dates back to the 11th century. It is considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul, and contains many impressive mosaics and frescoes. Kariye Müzesi; Kariye Camii Sokak No. 29, Edirnekapı; T: (0212) 631 92 41
Pera Museum : With great permanent holdings and excellent temporary exhibits of both Turkish and international art, this small museum – located in the former Bristol Hotel near the Pera Palace Hotel – is one of the best private collections in the city. It also features regular film screenings, concerts, and other events throughout the year. The musem is most easily accessed from the Şişhane metro stop or from the Tünel station. Pera Müzesi; Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141, Beyoğlu; T: (0212) 334 99 00
Sakıp Sabancı Museum : Housed in a beautiful 19th century mansion on the Bosphorus known as the Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion), this museum contains the Sabancı family’s collection of calligraphy and paintings in addition to temporary exhibitions by major international artists past and present. There are music concerts at the museum’s activity center, The Seed; Müzedechanga, the sister restaurant to the award-winning eatery Changa, is also here. The Sabancı Museum is best reached by bus from Taksim. Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi; Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No. 42, Emirgan; T: (0212) 277 22 00
Sadberk Hanım Museum : Situated in a nineteenth-century yalı (waterfront mansion), Turkey’s first private museum – founded by the Koç family in 1980 – showcases more than 18,000 pieces, including a rich collection of Anatolian art, antiques, and relics; archaeological remains from the Neolithic to the Byzantine eras; rare silk and ceramic collections from Central and East Asia; and more. Buses go here regularly from Taksim. Sadberk Hanım Müzesi; Büyükdere Caddesi No. 27-29, Sarıyer; T: (0212) 242 38 13