Aya Sophya (Hagia Sophia) Church/Museum

The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian around 535 AD. It was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453. Now a museum, it is awesome in size and contains beautifully preserved Byzantine mosaics. This church is an absolute must see.



 

Estimated Travel Time
  15 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Topkapi Palace Museum

Built in the 15th century, the Topkapi Palace was the principal residence of the Sultan. It was the legendary palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace has low buildings set in a series of courtyards and is quite unlike its western counterparts. Be sure to see the Harem (by appointment), the Treasury and the golden-roofed Baghdad Kiosk.


 

Estimated Travel Time
  20 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Wednesday to Monday 10:00 am 4:00 pm

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Hagia Eirene Church

This sixth-century church is located within the courtyard of the Topkapi Palace.







Estimated Travel Time
  20 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Wednesday to Monday 10:00 am 4:00 pm

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Basilica Cistern

This awesome columned cavern was the water source for both the Grand Palace of the Byzantine Empire and for the Ottomans' Topkapi Palace.







 

Estimated Travel Time
  15 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Every day 9:00 am 5:30 pm

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Blue Mosque

This mosque was built in the early 17th century and is probably the most famous mosque in the city. It is distinguished by six slender minarets and walls covered with amazing blue Iznik tiles. Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except during prayer times.




Estimated Travel Time
 

15 minutes walk

Hours of Operation Open Close
Every day 9:00 am 5:00 pm

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Suleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent) "was fortunate to be able to draw on the talents of the architectural genius of Sinan Pasha" (481 Traditions and Encounters: Brief Global History). The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558
Estimated Travel Time
  5 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am 4:30 pm

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Galata Tower

The nine-story tower is 66.90 meters tall (62.59 m without the ornament on top, 51.65 m at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 35 meters above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 meters at the base, an 8.95 meters diameter inside, and walls that are 3.75 meters thick.

There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which commands a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a nightclub which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.

Estimated Travel Time
  35 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am 4:30 pm

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Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar was built in the 15th century. It has several gates: the most used one is at Cagaloglu and Beyazit (15 minutes walking distance from the Hotel). Istanbul's legendary bazaar is a labyrinth of over 4,000 little shops and is everything you dreamed an oriental market could be. It offers gold, jewellery, carpets, silver bibelots, leather, ceramics, copper and brass objects, hand-woven textiles and meerschaum pipes.

Estimated Travel Time
  10 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Monday to Saturday 9:00 am 7:00 pm

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Spice Market
The Spice Market was built in the 17th century as an extension of the Grand Bazaar. It is an exotic food market and bazaar that sells spices, dried fruits, cheeses and olives, as well as towels, slippers, baskets and jewellery. Outside the market there is a wonderful flower and bird market.





Estimated Travel Time
  10 minutes walk
Hours of Operation Open Close
Monday to Saturday 8:00 am 7:00 pm

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Old City Suleymaniye/ Istanbul
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