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Straddling the Bosphorus, this diverse and vibrant city has one foot geographically and culturally in both Europe and Asia. Blessed with religious and architectural wonders in its old city and some of the most hectic yet rewarding shopping experiences in either continent at the Grand Bazaar, there’s little wonder Istanbul is the third-most popular city trip destination in Europe.



Top things to do in Istanbul

Topkapı Palace

The Topkapı Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı) is a large palace that was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including the Prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword. The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
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Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is the second largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul. The Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Süleyman (Süleyman the Magnificent). The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558.
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction.
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Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci - Special Class

With minutes walk of Istanbul's main attractions, the Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci boasts an incredibly central location. The Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque are all within easy reach from the hotel, as well as Istanbul Sirkeci Railway Station, the main railway terminus in the European part of Istanbul. Combining the best of modern Turkey with all of the atmosphere of the historic Golden Horn pensinsula, this 4 star Istanbul hotel is a comfortable place to stay, which is popular among guests due to its superb location and rich breakfast buffet. The hotel's welcoming staff are also very polite and look after your every need, from doing your laundry to providing 24-hour room service. If you do not fancy eating out, then you can enjoy a delicious bite in the hotel's restaurant or on its panoramic terrace. There is also a bar and café where you can sip a cup of Turkish coffee during the day or a cocktail before dinner. For business guests, there is free wireless internet access throughout and a fully-equipped meeting room too.
 

Star Hotel and Guesthouse

Our hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul’s old city, Sultanahmet, you will be within comfortable walking distance of many of Turkeys’s most ancient and famous historical sites including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace.
 

Bergama

The Bergama hotel is a modern structure conveniently located in the heart of Istanbul, opposite the Municipality Palace and within comfortable walking distance of the main city' attractions, such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and many more. Enjoy the traditional Turkish hospitality of the hotel staff, who will be at your disposal 24 hours a day at the reception desk, to give you full assistance. The property offers a bar, a restaurant, Wi-Fi Internet connection available in some hotel areas and a shuttle service to the airports.
 

Gül Sultan Hotel

The Gül Sultan Hotel is situated in Istanbul within walking distance of the main tourist attractions including St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar.This Istanbul hotel is housed in a building which was an Ottoman residence.
 

Tempo Residence Gayrettepe

The Tempo Residence Gayrettepe is a lovely residence located in the metropolitan area of Istanbul, in a convenient position for both tourists and business travellers alike. The property lies in close proximity to shopping districts, banks, cinemas, theatres and cultural art centers. There are also many bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. The Tempo Residence Gayrettepe combines gracious service and sophisticated accommodation to create a warm and relaxing environment for its guests. The excellent location and the welcoming atmosphere, together with all the comforts one may need, will make for an unforgettable stay in Istanbul. 
 



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