Istanbul unique travel tips
Saturday 18, December 2010
Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire.
Today it hums as Turkey’s cultural heart and good-time capital. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan’s harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar).
Enjoy the marvelous “Kremlin Palace Treasure in the Topkapi Palace” in Istanbul. This has been the center for four centuries during the Ottoman Empire as it was the location for the state administration. It is open every day from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. except on Tuesdays.
Aya Sofya (Haghia Sophia) Museum
The Aya Sofya built in 532-537 AD and has been one of the biggest churches in the world for over 1000 years, blends Christianity and Islam during the Byzantine Empire. With a dome at 56m high, today the museum showcases beautiful mosaics and art from two exotic cultures. It is open every day from 09:30 to 16:30 except Mondays.
Sultanahmet (The Blue Mosque)
The most important mosque in the city in Sultanahment square, with a unique distinction of having 6 slim minarets, the Sultanahment also known as the Blue Mosque, is famously known for the blue tile work in its walls. Furthermore, the 17th century mosque is located near the Haghia Sophia museum.
Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar
With an astonishing 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily, the ancient Grand Bazaar has been the center of business for more than 6 centuries. It is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world that contain around 1,200 shops that many are renowned for their jewelry, spices, pottery and carpets. It is the center of spice trade in Istanbul and itself is located within the Külliye of the Yeni Mosque designed during the 17th century by Koca Kasim Aga and completed in 1660. Everyday gives a chance to purchase some of the finest goods from 09:00 to 19:00 except Sundays and holidays.
Avantgarde Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel in Istanbul > Turkey
Hotel Amira in Istanbul is a new boutique hotel situated in the heart of this marvelous capital. Close to Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great St. Sophia, the wonderful Blue Mosque, the mystical Basilica Cistern, the majestic Topkapi Palace, the multicolored Grand Bazaar, and it is neighboring to the remains of the Bukaleon Sea Palace. Hotel Amira Istanbul offers the most spaciously designed guestrooms in the old city, boasting extra comfortable Visco mattresses, high-tech amenities such as iPhone docking stations and local hints such as hand-made ceiling paintings.
Functionality and comfort are present in the fully equipped standard rooms of Hotel Amira, featuring king size or twin beds in a 25 m² average area. The deluxe rooms are light, spacious and cover an area of around 34 m². The room has also an elegant living area with a sofa. The Amira Suite offers the ultimate Sultanahmet experience. The 42 m² suite features a magnificent panoramic seaside view from the balcony.The Amira Suite has an elegant living area with a functional sofa. The family room is a mix of a spacious deluxe room with a king size bed and a comfortable standard room with twin beds. Hotel Amira Istanbul has only two of these special connecting rooms created just for families. In the 50 m²room you will find all the comforts of the deluxe rooms. Together with its personalized first-rate service, Hotel Amira Istanbul offers also the convenience of valet parking, a library including a rich collection for every taste, free Wi-Fi access and a luxury business centre. During your stay at Hotel Amira Istanbul, you will be able to forget all the stress in the Wellness Center that includes gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage service. Location: Hotel Amira Istanbul is ideally located in the historical peninsula, 14 km away from Ataturk Airport and just steps away from all the major touristic and historical attractions, such as St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.
Hotel Amira Istanbul is ideally located in the historical peninsula, 15 km away from Ataturk Airport and just steps away from all the major touristic and historical attractions in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia (600 meters), the Küçük Ayasofya (the Little Hagia Sofia, just a 50 meter walk away from the hotel), Bukaleon Sea Palace (150 meters away), the busy Arasta Bazaar (250 meters away), the Blue Mosque (300 meters), the Topkapi Palace, the fascinating Grand Bazaar (850 meters). The Sultanahmet Tram Station is 650 meters away from Hotel Amira.
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