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KARAKÖY - GALATAPORT

Vezneciler metro station, which provides easy access to the nostalgic tram along Istiklal Street, is only a few minutes' walk from our hotel, and 40 km from the international airport. In addition, Karaköy and Eminönü ferry ports offer easy access to Anatolian side, Islands and daily Bosphorus tours. Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Galata Tower, St. Antuan Catholic Church, Galata Bridge, tram and bus station are within walking distance. Beyoğlu, Spice Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Dolmabahçe Palace are within walking distance of the hotel. Our hotel is 10 minutes away from Galataport, which is in the first place in terms of world architecture with international standards and offers the unique project of the Bosphorus, shopping center, port, food and beverage services.

AYASOFYA (HAGIA SOPHIA)

In addition to being one of the most visited museums in the world, Hagia Sophia is one of the most spectacular works of world architectural history. Hagia Sophia, called the "eighth wonder of the world" by the Eastern Roman Philon in the 6th century, was built three times at the same spot. Hagia Sophia has the distinction of being the largest Byzantine church built in Istanbul. In the northwest of the building, there is a column covered with bronze plates with a hole in the middle. Known as the sweating column, weeping column or wishing column, it is said that this column has supernatural powers and gets wet when touched. Hagia Sophia is within walking distance of our hotel.
 

SULTANAHMET (BLUE MOSQUE)

The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616. Mosque; It was called the 'Blue Mosque' by the Europeans because it was decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles in blue, green and white, and the half domes and the interior of the large dome were also decorated with hand-drawn works predominantly in blue. With the conversion of Hagia Sophia from a mosque to a museum in 1934, it became the main mosque of Istanbul. In fact, it is one of the largest building complexes in Istanbul, together with the complex of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Basilica Cistern, which are among the most important works of Istanbul, are here, around the Hippodrome. In addition, Topkapı Palace in Sultanahmet is the residence of the Ottoman sultans, the administrative and educational center of the state.
 

TOPKAPI SARAYI (TOPKAPI PALACE)

One of the most-visited parts of the Topkapi Palace is the museum which includes the Holy Relics site consisting of the Prophet Muhammed’s (s.a.w) private possessions. These sacred relics were brought to the Topkapi Palace, starting with the Arabic conquest of Sultan Selim I in the 16th century.
There are many sacred artifacts located in the museum, which are open to visitors worldwide. There are holy relics such as the blessed mantle, beard, seal, footprints and sandals of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) in the museum of Topkapı Palace.
If you ever wish to see these important relics, Söğüt Hotel&SPA Old City Istanbul is within reach of the museum by only 10 minutes of walk.

 

YEREBATAN SARNICI (BASALICA CISTERN)

One of the extraordinary ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed during the reign of Justinianus I, in 532, this big underground water reservoir is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. Covering an area of 9,800 m2, the cistern is 140 meters long and 70 meters wide and has a capacity to store 100,000 tons of water. The cistern was rediscovered in 1545, by Dutch scholar Petrus Gyllius who was researching Byzantine antiquities in the city.
On the far left-hand corner, you can see the two Medusa heads located in the cistern. Both heads are used as column bases; one positioned upside down, the other tilted to the side. According to Greek mythology, Medusa had the power of gorgonizing the ones that look at her, so putting the Medusa Head in the cistern could be for protecting purposes.
You can visit the beautiful Basilica Cistern by taking the tram from Laleli to Sultanahmet which takes only 5 minutes!


 

GALATA KULESİ (GALATA TOWER)

Galata Tower has dominated the Beyoğlu silhouette since 1348. Galata Tower, which has many legends about its construction, was used as a fire watchtower until the 1960s. Nowadays, the tower, which attracts a lot of attention, provides a panoramic view of the city with its restaurant located on the upper floor. Galata Tower is a 15-minute drive from our hotel.
 

ORTAKÖY

Ortaköy is one of the popular districts of Istanbul with its colorful bazaar and lively atmosphere on the European side. Ortaköy is also one of the most popular meeting points with its popular night places, bars, beautiful cafes and restaurants, and its pier with Bosphorus view. It is 25 minutes away from our Ortakoy Hotel by car.

 

BALAT

How would you like to spend time in one of the oldest and most authentic districts of Istanbul? The historical houses that adorn photographers' dreams will welcome you at every step of this district. You can enjoy coffee from all over the world in the most decent and delicious cafes of the city. Don't forget to visit Balat Greek High School, which makes you feel like you are at Hogwarts. It is 20 minutes walking distance from our Balat hotel and 7 distances by car.


 

KAPALI ÇARŞI (GRAND BAZAAR)

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Grand Bazaar means 'Grand Bazaar'; also the Grand Bazaar meaning 'Grand Bazaar') is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, with 61 covered streets and more than 4,000 shops in total. With an area of ​​30,700 square meters, it attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. The main area of ​​the Grand Bazaar has a total of 64 streets and 22 entrances, but the entire section around the historical covered bazaar is also considered a part of the bazaar. Prepare to get lost and embrace it as part of the authentic experience. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is often considered one of the world's first shopping malls. It is within walking distance of our hotel.


 

TAKSİM MEYDANI (TAKSIM SQUARE)

Located in Beyoğlu, the square is one of the most famous spots in Istanbul. It got its name from the distribution of water coming from the Belgrad Forest to the surrounding districts during the Ottoman Period, that is, 'dividing'. The Republic Monument, located in Taksim Square, one of the busiest squares of the city, was placed in 1928. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades in arms can be seen on the monument, which symbolizes the War of Independence on one side and the Republic of Turkey on the other. The area around the square, which is active at all hours of the day, is full of accommodation, entertainment, culture and shopping centers. There is a nostalgic tram running from the beginning of the square to Tünel via Istiklal Street. Taksim Square and its surroundings are one of the points that everyone who comes to Istanbul must pass at least once. It is 10 minutes away from our hotel by car.


 

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