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Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and Cagaloglu Hamami. Hippodrome and Blue Mosque are also ...
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel£88Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel£88
Located in Galata, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nardis Jazz Club and Galata Tower. Spice Bazaar and Cagaloglu Hamami are also within 1 mile ...
Vault Karakoy,The House Hotel - Special Class£54Vault Karakoy,The House Hotel - Special Class£54
Located in Old City, this hotel is steps away from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes.
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City£76Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City£76
Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mosaic Museum, Sultanahmet Square and Hagia Sophia. Hagia Irene and Basilica Cistern are ...
GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa£93GLK PREMIER Acropol Suites & Spa£93
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pera Museum, Museum of Innocence and Taksim Square. Acibadem Taksim Hospital ...
Rixos Pera Istanbul£97Rixos Pera Istanbul£97
This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Cagaloglu Hamami. Hippodrome ...
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class£87Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class£87
Located in Galata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nardis Jazz Club and Galata Tower. Suleymaniye Mosque and Basilica Cistern are also within 2 miles ...
Istanbul Golden City Hotel£34Istanbul Golden City Hotel£34
Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that lies on two continents. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, it's no wonder the city is so cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. As the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has an expansive history that spans many centuries. Throughout its different incarnations, Istanbul has been called both Byzantium and Constantinople. Whichever name you know it by, Istanbul is simply incredible.
While many of the most visited sightseeing attractions reside on the European side of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and Topkapi Palace, the more residential Asian (or Anatolian) side also has its own unique charms. Be sure to explore the beauty of both sides to make your trip to Istanbul complete.
One of Istanbul's nicknames is the 'the city on seven hills.' Like Rome, the Istanbul of antiquity was built on seven hills, each with religious monuments, in both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Today you will still find many stunning sights on these hills. Topkapi Palace was the former royal residence of the Ottoman sultans. Set by the sea and overlooking the Golden Horn, today's Topkapi Palace is open to the public as a museum, with four primary courtyards and a wealth of treasures. Wander through leafy gardens and airy libraries, an imperial harem, and impressive gilded pavilions.
Head for another hill and the Grand Bazaar awaits you. One of the largest covered markets in the world, featuring more than 6,000 stalls, the Grand Bazaar is a mecca for shoppers. Jewellery, spices, carpets, and pottery combine to create a seemingly endless range of tempting items. Test your bargaining skills or just enjoy a stroll around the structure itself, which seems almost like a palace.
Side by side are two other must-see Istanbul sights. The beautiful mosaics and massive dome of the 1400-year old Aya Sofya leave visitors mesmerized. Equally extravagant is the working Blue Mosque whose six slender minarets are one of the most famous components of Istanbul's skyline.
Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world and with such a long and rich legacy it would be easy to tour only the city's historical wonders. However, present-day Istanbul is one of the most vibrant, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan places on earth and no visit would be complete without experiencing what the modern city has to offer. An evening out could include cuisine from all corners of the world (though be sure to try the sumptuous mezzes and kebabs), cocktails at an elegant bar on the Bosphorus, and clubbing until dawn. Istanbul at night is a beautiful sight.
Take some time for leisure, too, like a traditional Turkish bath or a cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. One visit to Istanbul could never suffice and how could it? There are two continents to explore! So slow down and sip some fragrant mint tea, while you plan your return visit.