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Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)
The wonderful mosque Hagia Sophia famous all over the world for it specific architecture regularly considered one of the greatest and most beautiful buildings in Europe. Since 1935 the mosque has been converted into a magnificent museum.
Address: Sultanahmet Square; Telephone: (212) 518 1802; Transport: Sultanahmet tram stop; Opening time: Open daily except Mondays from 9.30am to 4.30pm; Admission: 15 YTL
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque also calls ‘The Blue Mosque’ because of the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior dominates the skyline of the old part of the city and can be seen from the sea. Smaller than ‘Hagia Sophia’ the blue mosque is even more luxurious and represent the will of ‘Sultan Ahmet Camii’ on building the most beautiful place of Islamic worship in the world.
Address: Hippodrome, Sultanahmet; Telephone: (212) 518 1319 or (212) 518 1330 (for museum information); Transport: Sultanahmet tram stop; Opening time: Open daily, access restricted during prayer times, especially at midday on Fridays. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 4pm; Admission: There is no charge for visiting the mosque, but the museum has a small entrance fee
Topkapi Palace Museum
Used as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1465 to 1853 the castle Topkapi is perfectly situated as it provides a splendid point of view on the Bosphorus. The palace is constitute by many small buildings built together and surrounded by a inside court which make the palace a masterpiece of originality.
Address: Topkapi Sarayi, Sultanahmet; Telephone: (212) 512 0480; Website: www.ee.bilkent.edu.tr/~history/topkapi.html; Opening time: Open daily except Tuesdays from 9am to 5pm; Admission: US$10 -15 depending on exchange rate; concessions available. The Harem can only be visited on a guided tour and a separate ticket is required
Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
Situated right on the hippodrome across ‘The Blue Mosque’ the museum is housed in the restored palace of Ibrahim. It’s treasure trove of fascinating objects from the 8th century to the 20th. Religious art, Turkish carpets, carved and inlaid wood, porcelain, glass and many other things are part of the collection of the museum.
Address: Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi, Atmeydani 46, Hippodrome, Sultanahmet; Telephone: (212) 518 1805; Transport: Sultanahmet tram stop; Opening time: Open daily except Mondays from 9.30am to 5.30pm; Admission: 4 YTL
The Covered Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)
Established by Mehmet II in 1453 has grown and it is now the largest covered market place in the world which owned more than 3 000 shops. Directly in the city center it’s a place every tourist must see.
Address: Kapali Çarsi, Beyazit to Eminönü Harbour; Transport: Tram to Beyazit, Üniversite or Sirkeci; Opening time: Open daily except Sundays from 8.30am to 7pm; Admission: Free
Known as the ‘Basilica cistern’ or ‘Sunken Palace’ because of it enormous size (Capacity of 80 000 cubic meters over 21 million US Gallon) and his specific architecture with 336 marbles columns it will take you from half an hour to one hour to visit atypical place.
This Palace was the house of the Egyptian governor during the Ottoman times and is now open to public for visits. More than a splendid museum it’s also a very famous place to have a brunch on Sunday at the restaurant.
As the name say this is a modern art museum. This is the perfect spot for tourist and resident due to the constantly renewed attractions en expositions. The museum has also a cinema and a large amout of Video Programs.
The archeological museum of Istanbul is a complex of three museums: the museum of Oriental antiquities; the archeological museum and the tailed pavilion. This complex is considered as one of the richest museum in the world regarding is large collection of classical artifacts and pre classical treasures (sixty-thousand archaeological treasures, seven-hundred-sixty thousand coins and medallions, and seventy-five thousand clay tablets in these three museums).
Located on the European side Istanbul on top of the Bosphorus, this colossal fortress has been built by Mehmed II in only four months to take the control of this dense waterway. The building was also made to show the power of Turkey in this particular region of the wolrd.
This magnificent Turkish palace is situated along the Anatolian coast of the Bosphorus. It was the summer home of the sultans. This Palace is richly decorated with marble fountain and large bathing pool.
International Istanbul Music Festival
This is the most prestigious cultural event on Istanbul. The Festival provide around 30 concerts from classical performers coming all over the world.
Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center
Right in the liveliest district of Istanbul, this is a famous meeting place for every kind of contemporaneous artist.
At the intersection of Harbiye and Nisantasi, Bentley Hotel Istanbul is within walking distance to Istanbul’s popular restaurants, clubs, distinguished shopping area, as well as the Military Museum, Open-air Theatre, major concert halls, congress and exposition centers, travel agencies and the subway.
On a business or leisure trip, this is the perfect hotel in Istanbul, which allows you to enjoy the comfort of being centrally located while enabling you to leave the buzz of the city behind you at the moment you step into the hotel.
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