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The district Sultanahmet, where the Hotel Arcadia Blue is located, is the part having the most intensive historical texture of the “Historical Peninsula” where the city of Istanbul was founded.
The Historical Peninsula, surrounded by the sea on three sides, has attractive locations to visit, such as
- Sultanahmet Square also known as the Hippodrome;
- The Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque, built upon the order of the Ottoman Emperor, Sultan Ahmet I., in the 17th century and is an unique and peerless architectural structure with its 6 minarets;
- Hagia Sophia, constructed upon request of the Byzantium Emperor as a church in 325 (A.C.), reconstructed in 537 and renovated into a mosque by Sultan Mehmet II., following the conquest of Istanbul and is used as a museum at current period;
- The Topkapı Palace where the Ottoman Emperors used to live between the 15th and 19th century,
- The Kaiser Wilhelm II Fountain (currently known as the German Fountain) which was a gift of the German Emperor to the Sultan,
- The Sunken Cistern (Yerebatan), Binbirdirek Cistern, Egyptian Obelisk, Örme Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Archeological Museum, Mosaic Museum, Museum for Turkish & Islamic Arts, Museum of Oriental Antiquities, Carpet and Rug Museum, Tile Pavilion, Gülhane Park and so on.
The districts Eminönü and Sirkeci, with its historic railway station are also among locations worth to see. While leading towards the Topkapı Palace, one can see the old Ottoman houses in Soğukçeşme Street, hosting guests after being restorated.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul.
The 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.
Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque
At Meydanı No:7
"After the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478 . Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace, was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years since Mehmed the Conqueror until Sultan Abdulmecid who is the thirty-first Sultan. Although Palace was abandoned by the Ottoman Dynasty by moving to the Dolmabahçe Palace at middle 19th century, Topkapı Palace was protected its importance everytime."
Taken from; www.topkapisarayi.gov.tr
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Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture.
It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two.
The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It is mentioned in the resources that during its construction period, the two prominent architects each had 100 architects working under them, who in turn had 100 workers each working under them.
It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.
Hagia Sophia is open for visit every day. The winter visiting hours for the Hagia Sophia are from 09.00 to 17.00, with the final entry being at 16.00. During the summer, the visiting hours are between 09.00 and 19.00, with the final entry being at 18.00. Passes are available at the box office in the museum.
Taken from; www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr
The Grand Bazaar; meaning ‘Covered Bazaar’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Bazaar’ is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.
In 2014, it is listed No.1 among world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors.
"One of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern.
The cistern is 140 m long, and 70 m wide, and covers a rectangular area as a giant structure. Accessible with 52-step staircase, the Cistern shelters 336 columns, each of which is 9 m high. Erected at 4.80 m intervals from one another the columns are composed of 12 rows, each has 28 columns. The case-bay of the cistern is conveyed by the columns through arches. Majority of the columns, most of which is understood to have been compiled from the ancient structures and sculpted of various kinds of marbles, is composed of a single part and one of it is composed of two parts. The head of these columns bear different features in parts. 98 of them reflect the Corinthian style and part of them reflect the Dorian style. The cistern has 4.80 m high brick walls, and the floor is covered by bricks, and plastered by a thick layer of brick dust mortar for water tightness. Covering 9,800 sqm area in total, the cistern has an estimated water storage capacity of 100,000 tons."
Gülhane Park "Rosehouse Park"; "house of flowers" is a historical urban park in the Eminönü district of Istanbul,
It is located adjacent to and on the grounds of the Topkapı Palace.
The south entrance of the park sports one of the larger gates of the palace.
It is the oldest and one of the most expansive public parks in Istanbul.
"The Fatih Mosque is the first complex built after the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmed II in 1453.
It extends over a large area and is located on Fevzi Paşa Street.
It is a very large complex, which includes a mosque, a madrasah (religious school), a daruşşifa (hospital), a Turkish bath, a bazaar, a library, and the tombs.
The complex has lost its original format since its construction in 1463–1470."
Taken from www.ibb.gov.tr
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Museum for Islamic Arts
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square.
Constructed in 1524, the building was formerly the palace of Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha,
who was the second grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent, and husband of the Sultan's sister, Hatice Sultan.
The collection includes notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs
as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups.
These displays recreate rooms or dwellings from different time periods and regions.
The Great Palace Mosaic Museum is located close to Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul at Arasta Bazaar.
The museum houses mosaics from the Byzantine period,
unearthed at the site of the Great Palace of Constantinople
Sultanahmet Mh., Ayasofya Meydanı,
The Süleymaniye Mosque is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul.
It is the largest mosque in the city, and one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.
"Although it is not completely certain as to when the Galata Tower was built, it is claimed that the it was built during the reign of the Byzantian Emperor, Iustinianos in 507 CE.
It was called the Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) by the Genoese and the Megalos Pyrgos (The Great Tower) by the Byzantines. It took its present shape during the Genoese period. The Tower was heavily damaged during an earthquake in 1509, and it was renewed by the architect, Hayrettin, who was very famous during that period. During the reign of Süleiman the Magnificent (1520-66), it was used as a jail for prisoners who were sentenced to work at the Kasımpaşa Naval Dockyard. The head astrologer, Takıyeddin Efendi, established an observatory on the top of the tower at the end of the 16th century and functioned as an observatory for a particular period of time. Later, it was closed and again turned into a prison by Sultan Murat III (1546-1595).
In 1638, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings from this tower across the Bosphorus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side during the reign of Murad V. Towards the 17th century, it was used by the Mehter Band, the janissary band of musicians. After 1717, it was used as a fire-observatory tower, butthe tower itself was unfortunately destroyed in a fire in 1794.
After it was repaired, a cumba, a little room made of wood, was added to the tower during the reign of Sultan Selim III (1761-1808). After another fire in 1831, Sultan Mahmut added two more floors to the Tower and covered the top of the tower with a famous cloth in the shape of a conical hat. An inscription written by Pertev Paşa concerning the tower’s repair works was affixedduring that time. After a strong storm in 1875, the framework of the roofwas damaged and was late repaired in 1960. Today, the Galata Tower operates solely as a touristic attraction by a private company. The elevator only goes to the 7th floor, and the last two floors of the tower must be climbed by stairs.
After passing though the restaurant on the top floor, there is a balcony that encircles the tower. The restaurant’s view showcases a scene of Istanbul and the Bosphorus."
Taken from www.ibb.gov.tr
Sabiha Gökçen Airport
"Istanbul Akvaryum holds a leading position among worldwide aquariums thanks to its volume, variety of fish species, and the activities on travel routes. It is a project which makes ‘firsts’ and ‘mosts’ in its field.
The visitors, by following a geographical route, travel on a route that hosts 16 themes and 1 rainforest going from the Black Sea towards the Pacific.
In thematization of the spaces, there appear cultural, geographical, historical and architectural properties of each space with suitable decorative elements, interactive games, movies, and visual graphics by which details about the region are provided. Sound and lighting systems of each space have been arranged in conformity with this thematization.
Istanbul Akvaryum is managed by specialists in their field and in compliance with international standards in every sense.
All living creatures in Istanbul Akvaryum continue to live in the conditions as nearest as possible to those of their habitat."
Taken from www.istanbulakvaryum.com
Şenlikköy Mahallesi Yeşilköy
Halkalı Cad. No:93
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Istanbul Expo Center
"Istanbul Expo Center is located in World Trade Center Istanbul complex located across the International Ataturk Airport. The splendid facility could be easily reached by public transportation services and inside its premises there is a metro station.
Istanbul Expo Center (IFM) is Turkey's largest exhibition area. The center stretches over 249.000 m² and the overall rentable area is 98.000 m² consisting of 11 exhibition halls. 8 of these halls are run by WTC Istanbul's tenant CNR Expo, the rest (9-10-11) operated by WTC Istanbul.
By taking Turkish exhibition organizations beyond world standards, WTC Istanbul profoundly strives to make Istanbul the capital of the exhibition world and currently plays host to approximately 100 exhibitions each year. WTC Istanbul proudly possesses the biggest fair ground in Turkey and its close regions in terms of size and rentable expo halls.
In connection with WTC Istanbul, the exhibitions held in Istanbul Expo Center attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, which open up new markets and opportunities for companies in global context. In addition, IFM launches IFM TV, an online service which broadcasts the exhibitions and the other events that take place in its facilities."
For more information and event calender please visit www.idtm.com.tr