Our hotel is located on the historical peninsula, which is the center of historical and touristic places in Istanbul. You can reach many touristic places to see in Istanbul by walking or short journeys in our hotel.
Historical Peninsula: Sultanahmet Square
There are many touristic places to visit in Sultan Ahmet Square. These places are:
• Blue Mosque (Blue Mosque),
• Hagia Sophia,
• Topkapı Palace Museum,
• Hagia Irene Museum,
• Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum,
• Istanbul Archaeological Museums,
• Basilica Cistern,
• Arasta Bazaar,
• Great Palace Mosaics Museum,
• Hürrem Sultan Bath,
• Sultan III. Ahmet Fountain,
• German Fountain and
• Gulhane Park.
One of the most important buildings in the world in terms of the history of architecture and art accepted Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, along with one of the most visited museums in Turkey. This museum, which is accepted as the 8th wonder of the world, is among the most visited museums in the world.
It was built in 325 as a church by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. The church, which suffered great damage after the earthquake in 360, was rebuilt by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine and its name became the Great Church. Until the era of the Byzantine Emperor Justinianos, it was frequently damaged and restored. The building was put into a 5-year construction period with the famous architects Isidoros and Anthemios during Justinianos period. He served the empire in coronation ceremonies for 916 years. It was converted into a mosque by Fatih Sultan Mehmet after the conquest of Istanbul.
Outside the Hagia Sophia; You can see the Minarets, the Muvakkithane, the School of Appeals, the Treasury Building, the tombs of the Ottoman sultans, the Pillars, the Fountain, the Imarethane and the Sabil. If it is inside; You can see the Calligraphy, the Tombstone of Commander Henricus Dandolo, the Column of Wish, a magnificent Dome, Viking Inscription, Tiles, 1st Mahmud Library, Hünkar and Muezzin Ruins, Mosaics, Hagia Sophia Doors, Mihrab, Omphalion, Sultan Maksurlar, Minbar and Marble Cubes.
Topkapı Palace, built after the conquest of Istanbul, has been the administrative center of the Ottoman State for more than 4 centuries. The palace, where the Ottoman sultans lived, has undergone many changes over time.
The palace was converted into a museum by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's decision in 1924 and was the first museum of the Republic of Turkey.
Topkapı Palace was built between 1465 and 1478. The palace, which was built by Mehmet the Conqueror, did not reach its current form immediately. Because Topkapı Palace has an order that adopts the courtyard system. Inside the palace, there is a hierarchical order such as sections open to the sultan and sections open to the public. The palace took its current form in the late 16th century.
Today, Topkapı Palace, which covers an area of 700,000 square meters, consists of sections. These sections are:
• First courtyard (Alay Square)
• Second Courtyard
• Third Courtyard
• Fourth Courtyard and
Sultan Ahmet 1.wanted to build a mosque that would surpass Hagia Sophia. He liked the place of the mosque today. But at that time, there was Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Palace in this place. The sultan bought the palace. He chose Mehmet Ağa, who was a student of the famous Mimar Sinan as an architect. Mehmet Ağa, a versatile artist, was not only an architect but also a great poet and musician. In his work, he wanted to combine all of his architectural, poetry, painter, musician and psoriasis features. Sedefkar architect was aware that he had to make a work to cope with two identical structures such as Hagia Sophia and Süleymaniye. The foundation of the building was laid in 1609.
There are 3 doors to the mosque. The main entrance is made by the hippodrome. When entering through the doors, the colorful and rich decorations of the tiles, stained glass and painting glasses, which complete the exterior appearance, are encountered. The interior of the mosque is covered with carpets. The remarkable aspect of the building in terms of art and architecture is that it is adorned with more than 20.000 Iznik tiles. Tile decorations are in blue and yellow tones. Traditional plants were used as motifs. The building is not only a place of worship but also a work of art.
The building decorated with blue, white and green tiles is known as the Blue Mosque by westerners. But the real name of the building is the Blue Mosque. In 1934, with the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a museum, it became the main mosque of Istanbul. Today, there is Arasta Bazaar in the mosque complex. Arasta Bazaar is a place where products such as Turkish handicrafts, weaving, rugs, tiles and carpets are sold. In addition, the floor mosaics in this bazaar belong to the Great Palace, one of the most important palaces in the Byzantine period.
Istiklal Street is the biggest square in Istanbul. It is one of the most frequented places of tourists with its historical texture, social life and commercial aspect.
Istiklal Street was a Genoa Colony that accommodated Latinos during the Byzantine Period. During this period he was known by the name Pere. The region's turning into a center and gaining mobility took place during the Ottoman Empire. This place, which hosts people from many different religions and cultures, was flooded by many people, especially during the rise of the Ottoman Empire.
The most prominent period of the street is just after the plague epidemic. Thanks to the French who settled near Istiklal Street, the street has become one of the important centers of the city both commercially and architecturally. With the spread of the French influence, the street started to be known as “Grande Rue de Pera”. It has a multinational structure in almost every period of street history.
If you do not want to walk on the street, which is closed to vehicle traffic, you can also take a nostalgic tram. There are branches of many Turkish and world brands on the street. You can visit the museums and consulates in this place where you can find many options for shopping, especially the Dutch and Russian consulates are worth seeing. You should also see the Saint Antuan and Aya Triada Beyoğlu Greek Orthodox churches on the street.
Suleymaniye Mosque was built by Mimar Sinan, the best and most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire. This mosque reflects the classical architectural style of the Ottoman State. Built on a hill overlooking the Istanbul Historical Peninsula, the mosque is one of the most frequented places for tourists. One of the reasons it attracts so much attention is that it used a technique that can be considered as advanced compared to the period it was made.
It was built between 1551 and 1557 on behalf of Magnificent Suleiman. The structure forms part of the Suleymaniye Complex. There are many buildings such as mosques, madrasah, medical school, library, hospital, imaret and Turkish bath in the large area of the complex.
The Suleymaniye Complex is the second largest building built in the Ottoman Empire after the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Since it is on a hill, you can watch the Bosphorus, Golden Horn, Topkapi Palace and Marmara from its garden.
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