Küçük Ayasofya Mh. Aksakal Cd. No:3, 34122 Sultanahmet/Istanbul
Accesing Hotel Using Local Transport
If you are planning to use Subway line from Ataturk Airport (IST), you should take the M1 Subway line (Havalimani – Aksaray) and leave the subway at Zeytinburnu station (6th.station).
On the same platform nearby you will see the T1 Zeytinburnu tramway station.Take the tramway marked Eminonu or Kabatas and leave the tramway at Sultanahmet station.
The whole trip will take approximately 1 hour.
Hotel Erguvan Istanbul is only 6 minutes away from Sultanahmet Tramway Station by foot.
Please take note that subway and tramway will be crowded most of the time so it can be inconvenient traveling with your luggage.
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Historical Sites Close to Hotel
Hagia Sophia Museum
Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at Turkey, Ayasofya is a perfect example where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium art under one great dome. The story of it’s construction began after the Niko Riot, by Emperor Justinien between the years 532-537AD. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. Today Ayasofya is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world.
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Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Its construction began after the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmet the Conqueror at year 1453. 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.
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The Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque is an historical mosque located in Istanbul. It is called Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of its interior.Mosque was built between 1609-1616, during the rule of Ahmet I.One of the legends about the mosque is when Sultan Ahmet I commissioned the construction of the mosque. he requested for gold (altin) minarets. However, the architect misunderstood the request, and he instead built six (alti) minarets. The other notable feature of the exterior is the beautifully-arranged cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the great central dome.
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The Archaeological Museum
Located near the Topkapı Palace, on what used to be the grounds of the outer parks of the palace, the Istanbul Archaeological Museums were founded in 1881 by Osman Hamdi Bey. The complex includes three museums: The Archaeological, the Ancient Orient, and the Tiled Kiosk Museum. Housed in them, its exhibits include ancient artefacts, classical statuary and an exhibition tracing İstanbul's history. There are many highlights, but the sarcophagi from the Royal Necropolis of Sidon are particularly striking.
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Chora (Kariye) Church & Museum
Chora Museum shares similarities to Hagia Sophia in its history. It was constructed as a Byzantine Church, later a Ottoman Mosque and currently a Museum. Chora Museum contains one of the best preserved collections of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes.
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The Basilica (Underground) Cistern
Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hunderd cisterns that lie underneath the many streets and houses of Istanbul. It was was constructed by Justinian in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace and other buildings and it continued to provide water to the Topkapı Palace and into modern times. Basilica Cistern is also called ‘’ Sunken Palace’’ because that what it looks like.
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Beylerbeyi Palace was ordered by Sultan Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865 as a Summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.The Palace can be viewed best from the Bosphorus, from where its 2 pavilions can be seen. One of its most attractive rooms is the reception hall, which has a pool and fountain.
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The Maiden Tower
Originally built as a watchtower in 408 BC by a Athenian General Alcibiades. The Tower was later rebuilt as a fortress by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius in 1110 AD and later was restored and modified several times during the Ottoman era. Used as a Lighthouse for many years , the tower has been transformed into a cafe and restaurant with a magnificent view of the city.
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Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Opened in 2004, The Museum prominently features works by both Turkish and Foreign Artists, altought the museum’s prime purpose is the encourage the creation of modern art in Turkey. Museum features exhibition space on two floors, its permanent collection as well as the shop and restaurant are located on the top floor while temporary exhibitions are located on the lower floor.
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Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar
Spice ( Egyptian ) Bazaar was built in 1660 with the revenues from the Ottoman Region of Egypt. Hence it got its name Egyptian Bazaar. It is located within the New Mosque and revenues obtained from the rented shops were used for the upkeeping of the mosque.Spices , dried fruits , cheeses , jams , nuts , seeds , turkish delights fills the shops although jewelry and other goods have began to move in as well.
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Constructed in 1461 by Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It is well known for its beautiful turkish carpets, hand painted ceramics, embroideries and antique shops.Many of the shops inside the bazaar are grouped by type of goods,like special area’s for leather, gold and carpets.There are also many restaurants inside the bazaar , allowing you to have lunch during your shopping.
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