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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.

Tourist favorites in Istanbul

Rüstem Pasha Mosque

The Rüstem Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Rüstempaşa Camii) is an Ottoman mosque and was designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier Damat Rüstem Pasha. Rüstem Pasha died in July 1561 and the mosque was built after his death from 1561 until 1563. The mosque was built on a high terrace over a complex of vaulted shops, whose rents were intended to financially support the mosque complex.
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Süleymaniye Mosque

The Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the most visited places in Istanbul, 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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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia 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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Rahmi M. Koç Museum

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, located in the suburb of Hasköy, is a private industrial museum dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communications. Founded in 1991 by Rahmi M. Koç, a retired boss of the Koç Group, the museum was officially inaugurated on December 13, 1994. The museum is housed within two historical buildings on opposite sides of the same road but connected to each other: one of the building dates from the 16th century, while another building is a disused historical dockyard, founded in 1861.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum exhibits original machines and their replicas, scientific and mechanical items, models and toys.
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque 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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Great hotels in Istanbul

Lion Hotel

Location. Lion Hotel is located in Istanbul's Centro de Istambul neighborhood, close to Taksim Square, Topkapi Palace, and Suleymaniye Mosque. Nearby points of interest also include Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern. Hotel Features. Lion Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. This hotel offers small meeting rooms and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Istanbul property has 243 square meters of event space consisting of a conference center. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Wedding services, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, laundry facilities, and a snack bar/deli. This is a smoke-free property. A total renovation of this property was completed in March 2010. Guestrooms. 104 air-conditioned guestrooms at Lion Hotel feature minibars and laptop-compatible safes. Rooms are all accessible via exterior corridors. Accommodations offer city views. Beds come with Select Comfort mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, and premium bedding. All rooms include separate sitting areas. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations with handheld showerheads and rainfall showerheads. They also offer makeup/shaving mirrors, bathrobes, and slippers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. Plasma televisions have satellite channels. Also included are coffee/tea makers and windows that open. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls.

Taksim Life Hotel

A short walk from Taksim Gezi Parkı, Taksim Life Hotel Istanbul is also within easy walking distance of Galata Tower and Atatürk Cultural Centre. Taksim metro station, tram stop and cable car are all very close to the hotel, offering an excellent choice of public transport opportunities. The historic Taksim Square is right outside the hotel, and numerous restaurants and cafes are in the surrounding area. An exclusive establishment providing high quality accommodation, Life Hotel Taksim offers numerous facilities including an on-site fitness centre and Life Cafe. You can also enjoy a Turkish Bath and a sauna here, providing relaxation and rejuvenation. Reception is open 24 hours and offers many services including a concierge, bell boy, laundry and dry cleaning, luggage storage and daily newspapers. The hotel also provides an airport shuttle every half hour. Rooms in Taksim Life Hotel Istanbul are air conditioned and well appointed to achieve an air of opulence. In-room amenities include a minibar, a laptop safe, a telephone and a flat screen television. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, bathrobe and slippers, and a telephone. Room service and wake-up calls are also available.

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. 

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.

Hotel Au Pera - Special Class

Occupying a convenient location in the heart of Istanbul, the Hotel Au Pera offers comfortable 3-star accommodation in Istanbul. This good-value-for-money Istanbul lodging is close to all the major attractions, including the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the old Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. This 3-star Istanbul hotel is only moments away from the Sishane metro station and 5 minutes by car from the old town. Housed in a prestigious 19th century historic building, the Hotel Au Pera offers wireless Internet access in all the property.

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