Istanbul

 

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. With a population of around 14.1 million, the city forms the largest urban agglomeration in Europe, the second largest in the Middle East, and the fifth-largest city in the world.

Located on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally.

Both sides of the straight offer a wealth of historic and religious places from Istanbul’s long history at the center of empires dating back to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
 

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Tala Istanbul Suites

Offering a barbecue and views of the garden, Tala Istanbul Suites is situated in İstanbul in the Marmara Region Region. Blue Mosque is 100 metres from the property. All units feature a seating and dining area. Average score from 173 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$45

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Evim Levent-Women Only

Evim Levent is set in İstanbul, 600 metres from Metrocity Shopping Centre. Ozdilek Park Istanbul is 600 metres from the property. There is a private bathroom with a shower in every unit. Bed linen is featured. Average score from 108 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$27

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Gunesh

Situated 400 metres from Istiklal Street in İstanbul, this apartment features free WiFi and a terrace. The property features views of the sea and is 400 metres from Taksim Square. The air-conditioned unit is fitted with a kitchen. Average score from 210 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$52

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1901 Public

1901 Public offers pet-friendly accommodation in İstanbul. City's Nisantasi is 300 metres away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Average score from 316 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$75

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Phosphorion

Situated in the heart of Istanbul's vibrant old city property is only a few steps to Sirkeci Train Station and Eminonu Ferry Port. Fitted with BBQ facilities, this hotel offers Bosphorus and city view. Average score from 210 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$32

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Carme 2

Carme 2

Carme 2 is set in Istanbul, 100 metres from Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre. Istanbul Congress Center is 400 metres away. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.9/10.

$34

 
$349.9
Blue Mosque Suites

Blue Mosque Suites

Offering a sun terrace and hammam, Blue Mosque Suites is located in İstanbul in the Marmara Region Region, 300 metres from Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia is 500 metres away. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 25 guest reviews: 9.9/10.

$40

 
$409.9
Gardinya Apartments

Gardinya Apartments

Offering a terrace and views of the lake, Gardinya Apartments is set in İstanbul in the Marmara Region Region, 500 metres from St. Anthony of Padua Church. Istiklal Street is 900 metres away. Private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$36

 
$369.8
Mien Suites Istanbul

Mien Suites Istanbul

Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Mien Suites Istanbul is located in Istanbul, 200 metres from St. Anthony of Padua Church. Istiklal Street is 50 metres from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Average score from 80 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$36

 
$369.6
Nabu Hotel Karaköy

Nabu Hotel Karaköy

Nabu Hotel Karaköy is located in Istanbul, 500 metres from Galata Tower and 800 metres from St. Anthony of Padua Church. Each room has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 110 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$39

 
$399.6
Phosphorion

Phosphorion

Situated in the heart of Istanbul's vibrant old city property is only a few steps to Sirkeci Train Station and Eminonu Ferry Port. Fitted with BBQ facilities, this hotel offers Bosphorus and city view. Average score from 210 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$32

 
$329.4
Grand Naki Hotel

Grand Naki Hotel

Grand Naki Hotel is set in the Fatih district in Istanbul, 200 metres from Column of Constantine and 500 metres from Grand Bazaar. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 433 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$30

 
$309.3
Art Nouveau Pera

Art Nouveau Pera

Offering a hot tub, Turkish bath and a sauna, Art Nouveau Pera is located in Beyoglu, 300 metres from Galata Tower and famous Istiklal Street with fashionable shops, local boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$34

 
$349.2
Istanbul Home Gray Apart

Istanbul Home Gray Apart

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Istanbul Home Gray Apart is situated in İstanbul, 700 metres from Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre. Istanbul Congress Center is 700 metres from the property. All units include a seating area. Average score from 442 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$37

$379.2
Kadirga Mansion

Kadirga Mansion

Located in İstanbul, Kadirga Mansion is 400 metres from Column of Constantine. Grand Bazaar is 600 metres from the property. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$37

 
$379.1
Taksim Soho Apart

Taksim Soho Apart

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Taksim Soho Apart is situated in İstanbul, 400 metres from Galata Tower. St. Anthony of Padua Church is 400 metres away. The accommodation is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 62 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$41

 
$419.0
Ditto Flats

Ditto Flats

Located in the bohemian Cihangir district, Ditto Flats offers elegantly decorated apartments with self-catering units. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$42

 
$429.0
Beethoven Hotel - Special Category

Beethoven Hotel - Special Category

Situated in İstanbul, 700 metres from Suleymaniye Mosque, Beethoven Hotel - Special Category boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. Rooms come with a TV. Average score from 70 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$40

 
$408.9
River Hotel

River Hotel

Located 100 metres from Aksaray Tram Station, River Hotel features a spa & wellness centre. Property also offers Turkish bath to relax after a tiring day and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Average score from 429 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$32

 
$328.8
Keten Suites Taksim

Keten Suites Taksim

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Keten Suites Taksim is set in Istanbul, a 10-minute walk from Taksim Square and famous Istiklal Street. Guests can benefit from fitness centre. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 38 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$43

 
$438.8
Hotel V Plus Taksim

Hotel V Plus Taksim

Located in the Beyoglu district in Istanbul, 200 metres from Istiklal Street, Hotel V Plus Taksim boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 83 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$30

 
$308.7
Whole Flat in Taksim Cihangir

Whole Flat in Taksim Cihangir

Located 600 metres from Istiklal Street in İstanbul, this apartment features a balcony. The unit is 700 metres from Taksim Square, and guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. The kitchen is fitted with a fridge. Average score from 48 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$37

$378.7

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Cultural
Global City
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. It is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.

When the Republic of Turkey was born in 1923 after the War of Independence, Kemal Atatürk moved its capital to the city of Ankara. However, Istanbul has continued to expand dramatically; today its population is approximately 14 million and increases at an estimated 400,000 immigrants per year.
Historic Landmarks

Sultanahmet (Old City)

Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history. Located on the west of the Bosphorus, between the Horn and the Sea, the old city represents the core of what has been called throughout most of its history Constantinople. This is where most of the famous historical sights of Istanbul are located. One of the unique features is that for nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four different empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire(395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).

The western side is home to the old city and most of Istanbul’s most important landmarks.

The eastern side (Asian/Middle Eastern) side is centered on the historical districts of Kadıköy and Üsküdar. It is perhaps best symbolized by Maiden’s Tower, located at about the halfway between these districts, on an islet just off the shore.
Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Eclectic Historic Architecture

Istanbul is primarily known for its Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, but its buildings reflect the various peoples and empires that have previously ruled the city. Examples of Genoese and Roman architecture remain visible in Istanbul alongside their Ottoman counterparts. While nothing of the architecture of the classical Greek period has survived, Roman architecture has proved to be more durable.

Early Byzantine architecture followed the classical Roman model of domes and arches, but improved upon these elements, as in the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus. Among the oldest surviving examples of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul are the Anadoluhisarı and Rumelihisarı fortresses, which assisted the Ottomans during their siege of the city.

Over the next four centuries, the Ottomans proceeded to make an indelible impression on the skyline of Istanbul, building towering mosques and ornate palaces. The largest palace, Topkapı, includes a diverse array of architectural styles, from Baroque inside the Harem, to its Neoclassical style Enderûn Library.
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