Our Hotel's Near Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Turkish, the Islamic Art Museum & More!
In Istanbul, the great artistic and cultural attractions run the gamut from the ancient to the modern, and each site has its story to tell. Whether you want to enlighten yourself with the incredible cultural history of Istanbul at the Archeological Museum and the Great Palace Mosaics Museum or are more in the mood for the contemporary cultural offerings of the Istanbul Modern Museum, the choices of incredible art and culture enchantments are endless.
Visit the Famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
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Many travel to Istanbul with the singular intention of visiting this stunning landmark religious center located in the heart of Sultanahmet Park. Building began in 1609 for Sultan Ahmed, and the mosque was completed eight years later and remains a holy and stunning work of art. With high ceilings and windows, sunlight shines through the mosque's 260 stained glass windows, masterful calligraphy and illustrated patterns, and most amazingly, the 20,000 sparkling bright blue-green Iznik tiles. A visit to this world treasure is an absolute must-see.
This divine example of architectural perfection was ruled by both the Byzantine and Ottomon Empires. It was a church for 900 years, and a mosque for 500 years following the Muslim conquest in 1453. Now it is an illuminating museum. Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, this rich repository of beauty and history is well-known as one of the greatest monuments on the planet.
Our Hotel's Conveniently Near the Turkish
and Islamic Museum, Topkapi Palace and More.
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
The Istanbul Archaeological Museum is an award-winning museum featuring a wide selection of art and artifacts dating back to sixth century BC. These works come from Anatolian civilizations, including the Greek and Roman. This museum is located in the first court of the Topkapi Palace. Be sure to catch the not-to-miss "Istanbul Throughout the Centuries" display as well as ancient pieces from Sido excavation as well as The Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great. The museum is open daily between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, located in the Ibrahim Pasa Palace in the old Hippodrome area, is home to a lovely selection of ethnography and art. The museum is open daily between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
The Great Palace Mosaics Museum
The Great Palace Mosaics Museum is very close to Sari Konak and is dedicated entirely to the remaining mosaics of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Empire, which was built by Constantine the Great. The museum is open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
Istanbul Modern is the first private museum devoted to modern and contemporary art in Turkey. Located beside the Bosphorus, the museum brings together the Istanbul cityscape with fine modern art in all of its forms, including everything from painting, sculpture and photography to video and new media. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Mondays, January 1, and the first day of religious holidays.
The Pera Museum
The Pera Museum was opened as part of a multi-step mission to provide numerous and varied cultural services to the city an has been in operation since 2005 thanks the Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, January 1, and on the first day of religious holidays.
Given Turkey's long and rich military past, and especially the critical part war played in the history and culture of the country, a stop here is a necessity for anyone visiting Istanbul. The Military Museum offers a step back into some of Turkey's most fascinating and frightening times, including the 500-year reign of the Ottoman empire. Strongly powerful Mehter concerts are held here between between 3 and 4 in the afternoon on the days when the museum is open to visitors. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Beylerbeyi Palace was built in the mid-nineteenth century on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and served as the summer royal residence of the sultans. Many esteemed guests, including French Empress Eugenie, Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and Persian Shah Nasireddin were received here. Open every day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Thursdays.
The heart of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, the splendid Topkapi Palace is the premier attraction in Istanbul. Take a guided tour or stroll through the hundreds of majestic rooms that comprise this monarch palace. Of course, no palace is complete without acres and acres of breathtaking grounds. This one even includes four courtyards, one of which, known as the Treasury Courtyard, shimmers and shines with priceless gems, gold and works of art.
55 meters long, the Galata Tower offers visitors a dazzling panoramic view of the old town. Constructed by the Genoese as part of the wall surrounding their district of Galata directly opposite Byzantium (Constantinopolis), the tower served as a surveillance spot of the Harbor in the Golden Horn. Following the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmet II, the Galata tower allowed guards to detect city fires. Surrounding the tower, you will find a narrow balcony surrounding the tower that provides an amazing view of Old Istanbul that is especially beautiful in the golden hour of sunset.
Created in the seventeenth century, the famed Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Market, is the second-largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. Hundreds of years since its inception, the Spice Bazaar continues to fulfill its original function. Stroll through the market and browse the numerous shops peddling all kinds of wares, including spices, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, cheese and honey. Surrounding points of interest include the beautifully tiled Rustem Pasha Mosque built by the architect Sinan, as well as Yeni Cami, also known as the New Mosque.
The Princes' Islands
The Princes' Islands, originally the Princess Islands, acquires its name from the days when Byzantines exiled young wayward princesses, along with other disgraced royalty, to these islands. It was only after 1846, when the first steam ferries began shuttling back and forth, that wealthy Istanbulites found greener pastures yonder and established glorious villas on four of the islands. The Islands, as the Turks call them, began attracting the self-exiled—those who longed to get away from the city. No vehicles are allowed on the Islands. We suggest that you go to Buyukada, the fourth and biggest one. After you get to Buyukada, you can have your lunch in one of the cozy fish restaurants lined on the left of the ferry dock. After lunch, walk, rent a bike or make the tour of the island by a horse-drawn carriage. Don't miss Aya Yorgi, the highest point of the island, where you'll find a Greek monastery and small cozy restaurant allowing for a superb view while you dine. We suggest that you avoid visiting the Islands on summer weekends. They get very crowded!
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts organizes international film, theater and music festivals every year, hosting an impressive line-up of international names.
This impressive list of arts and culture offerings in Istanbul is but a beginning. Please check with our friendly staff to find out more about all the enlightening arts and cultural spots found all over Istanbul.