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Culture

ISTANBUL IS CITY WITH A MODERN HEART AND AN ANCIENT SOUL, OFFERING PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, located on the northern shore of Golden Horn, extends across three separate areas spanning around 27,000 square kilometres, including the historic lengerhane building and the historic Hasköy dockyard. The museum includes an open air display area, where visitors can see large scale and durable objects such as a submarine, ferry boat, planes and a floating sheerlegs. The privately owned museum also hosts Atatürk Collection which includes personal belongings from costumes to official equipment of the Founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey.
• Displays Istanbul’s industrial past
• Hosts Atatürk Collection
• Temporary exhibitions
• Workshops and educational programs for the kids

SANTRAL ISTANBUL

Formerly the Silahtarağa Power Plant, Santral Istanbul offers a diverse range of attractions including exhibitions, arts and cultural events, educational programmes and concerts. Located on the Golden Horn, the structure was the Ottoman Empire’s first urban-scale power plant and supplied the city with electricity from 1911 and 1983. The facility also features of the Museum of Energy, Turkey’s first industrial archaeology museum.
• The oldest power plant in Turkey
• Energy Museum
• Contemporary exhibitions and cultural events
• Educational programmes

TAKSIM SQUARE

Taksim Square, situated in the European part of Istanbul, is a major shopping, dining and leisure district which is well known for its restaurants, shops and hotels. It is often called the centre of modern Istanbul and is the location of the Republic Monument, which was built in 1928 and commemorates the formation of the Turkish Republic.
• In the European part of Istanbul
• A major shopping, tourist and leisure district
• Well known for its restaurants, shops and hotels.
• The centre of modern Istanbul

Istanbul Modern

The Istanbul Modern (Istanbul Museum of Modern Art) is Turkey’s first private museum that organises modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Apart from permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, there is a photography gallery as well as spaces for educational and social programmes. The museum also offers a cinema, restaurant, design store and an extensive library.
• Photography gallery
• Cinema
• Restaurant

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Istanbul Sapphire Shopping Mall

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Akmerkez Shopping Mall

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Kanyon Shopping Mall

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Metro City Shopping Mall

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IstinyePark Shopping Mall
Grand Bazaar
Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar

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Isfanbul
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SHOPPING

THE LEGANDARY CITY OF ISTANBUL IS A SHOPPING PARADISE THAT COMBINES MEGA MALLS IN FASHIONABLE SHOPPING DISTRICTS WITH TRADITIONAL MARKETS IN ATMOSPHERIC SETTINGS.

ISFANBUL

Isfanbul is the first entertainment and life centre in Turkey combining a theme park, shopping avenues and a show area. Located at Eyüp, visitors can experience more than 50 attractions built on an area of 600,000 sqm including a 110 km/h fast-launched rollercoaster, a water coaster, a rapid river ride, drop tower and a dark ride. Built to reflect daily life in historic Istanbul, the park is located next to a shopping avenue featuring 250 stores, which includes word famous brands.

• Turkey’s first theme park
• A large shopping centre
• Open air shopping
• 3d museum

SPICE ( EGYPTIAN ) BAZAAR

Covering an area of 384 blocks, the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar is the second largest and oldest covered bazaar in Istanbul. Built in 1664, the Bazaar is an “L” shaped building featuring 86 shops and is a part of the külliye of the New Mosque. Within the building, visitors can find spices, herbal teas, dried fruits, Turkish delight, Turkish coffee, as well as leather and jewellery. The Bazaar also offers restaurants with a view over the Golden Horn and Galata Bridge.

• Covering an area of 384 blocks with 86 shops
• Authentic shopping experience
• Famous for various kinds of spices sold
• A part of the külliye of the New Mosque

GRAND BAZAAR

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world, comprising more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops. Welcoming between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily, it is well known for its jewellery, pottery, spices and carpet shops. The first construction was done between 1455 and 1461 by order of Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent and in 1894, underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.

• One of the largest covered markets in the world
• Comprises more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops

AKMERKEZ SHOPPING MALL

Akmerkez in Etiler, one of the city’s most fashionable and central locations, has a modern outlook with its architectural and management concepts. It was selected as “Europe’s Best Shopping Mall” in 1995 and “The World’s Best Shopping Centre” and by the International Council of Shopping Centres the following year.

• A modern outlook with its architectural and management concepts
• Located at one of the city’s most fashionable and central locations
• Europe’s Best Shopping Mall in 1995
• The World’s Best Shopping Center in 1996

ISTANBUL SAPPHIRE SHOPPING MALL

At the Istanbul Sapphire Shopping Mall, just few steps away from our hotel, shoppers can delight in new fashion trends and food outlets that serve both Turkish and world cuisine. The Observation Deck offers stunning 360-degree views of the city from a height of 236 metres, while the staggering Skyride simulation offers a 4D adventure with a helicopter ride over Istanbul.

• Walking distance from the hotel
• Observation deck with 360-degree views
• Wax museum

KANYON SHOPPING MALL

This shopping mall, set in a primarily open-air environment, is spread over four levels. The retail mix is spread across four distinct streets, each of which displays their own energy and vibe.

• Open-air environment
• Spread over four levels
• Distinct retail streets

METRO CITY SHOPPING MALL

Metro City is a modern shopping mall with a direct connection to 1. Levent subway station. The mall has 140 stores which feature both international and domestic labels. There is also a playground for children, as well as a variety of restaurants.

• High quality stores
• Food court with a variety of options
• Playground for children

ISTINYEPARK SHOPPING MALL

IstinyePark is where the most distinguished and famous brands of Turkey and other parts of the world have opened their first or biggest stores. It meets all the demands of the customers who want to spend a pleasant day shopping before dining in cafes and restaurants.

• Top quality famous brands
• Both indoor and outdoor space
• Giant glass dome and glass ceilings

Sıghtseeıng

ENJOY THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF ISTANBUL, ONLY CITY IN THE WORLD BRIDGING TWO CONTINENTS OF EUROPE AND ASIA

BLUE MOSQUE

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque that is also known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has become one of the greatest tourist attractions of Istanbul.

• Constructed in the early 17th century
• Known for the blue tiles on its interior walls
• One of Istanbul’s greatest tourist attractions

HAGIA SOPHIA

Hagia Sophia is a former patriarchal basilica and mosque that has been reopened as a spectacular museum. Famous in particular for its massive dome, the museum is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. The Hagia Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years until the completion of the medieval Seville Cathedral in 1520.

• A former patriarchal basilica and mosque
• Reopened as a museum
• Famous in particular for its massive dome
• The largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years until 1520

TOPKAPI PALACE

The Topkapi Palace was the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans between 1465 and 1853. The palace was once a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and today is a major tourist attraction. After the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, the Topkapi Palace was transformed by government decree on 3 April 1924 into a museum of the imperial era. The palace is filled of examples of Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armour, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts and murals, as well as a display of Ottoman treasure and jewellery.

• The official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans
• A major tourist attraction
• A museum of the imperial era
• Displays Ottoman architecture and also contains large collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, Ottoman miniatures, treasure and jewellery

EYUP AREA & PIERRE LOTI

The Eyüp neighbourhood, an Ottoman district, is located on the Golden Horn outside the historic city walls. A historic area, Eyüp boasts many traditional Islamic sights including the famous Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Many tourists also venture up the hill adjacent to the Eyup Sultan Mosque to enjoy the splendid scenery and the natural beauties of Pierre Loti, which can also be reached via the teleferic ride (cable car). Named after the French naval officer and famous novelist who came to Istanbul in 1876, Pierre Loti offers a panoramic view of the Golden Horn. Also known as “Lovers Hill” by locals, visitors can enjoy their Turkish coffee or tea at the famous café perched on the top of the hill.

• Eyüp Sultan Mosque
• Pierre Loti Hill
• Mausoleum of Sokullu Mehmet Pasha
• Mausoleum of Sultan Resat
• The Tekke of the Kalenderi Sect
• Külliye of Mihrişah Valide Sultan

MAIDEN'S TOWER

This beautiful tower located on a very tiny islet, 150-200 meters off the shore from Salacak at the Bosphorus, is known as one of the most romantic symbols of the city. First built in the 12th century as a light house and rebuilt in 18th century, the tower has served as a watchtower, a traffic control centre and a prison in its time. Following restoration, the tower now features a popular cafe and restaurant, and is recognised as one of the best locations from which to enjoy the magnificent silhouette of Istanbul.

• Istanbul’s most instantly recognizable landmark
• Incredible view overlooking Asia and Europe
• Cafe and restaurant

FENER & BALAT AREA

Located at the southern shores of Golden Horn, Fener and Balat districts offer visitors the opportunity to visit the temples, synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and ayazmas associated with historic Istanbul. This part of the city has been settled for over 2,000 years and has become one of the oldest Jewish districts in Istanbul. Two of the most popular attractions sought by tourists include the functioning Byzantine churches and only church in the world constructed entirely of iron and steel. With colourful streets, fantastic views of Istanbul’s waterways, traditional wooden houses and rich history, the site is filled with UNESCO projects that are sure to capture the attention of tourists seeking to experience Turkish culture.

• Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
• Ahrida and Yambol synagogues
• Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen
• Traditional Fener, Balat wooden houses

DOMABAHCE PALACE

Located on the European side of the Bosphorus, the Dolmabahce Palace served as the main administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire from 1853-1922. It was the first European-style palace in Istanbul. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first president of Turkey, spent his last years in the palace as his health deteriorated. Ataturk died at 9.05 am on 10 November 1938, in a room that is now part of the museum.

• Ottoman Empire centre from 1853-1922
• The first European-style palace in Istanbul
• Final home of Turkey’s first president

Blue Mosque
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Hagia Sophia
Maiden's Tower

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Fener and Balat Area
Dolmabahce Palace
Eyüp Area and Pierre Loti
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