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Symbola Bosphorus Hotel, Ortaköy

Istanbul is a transcontinental city located in the Bosphorus Strait that divides Europe and Asia. Its historical areas were declared Unesco Heritage Site in 1985, because of its important monuments and historical remains.
Make the most of your stay and discover everything Istanbul has to offer!

Monuments

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia or as it is called in Turkish Ayasofya, is the Istanbul symbol. It was built between the years 532 and 537 and is one of the masterpieces of Byzantine art.
It is located at the highest point of Istanbul and no doubts it defines the panoramic of the city. Its four minarets and its dome of more than 30 diameter meters provide the most characteristic picture of the Turkish metropolis.

Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is the most important mosque in Istanbul. In Turkish it is known as Sultanahmed Camii (Mosque of Sultan Ahmed), as it was built by orders of Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616. It was opened in 1617 during the mandate of Mustafa I.
At a glance it can seem of similar dimensions of Hagia Sophia, but actually its dimensions are almost the half. The central dome is 23 meters diameter, 43 meters height and it has six minarets in the outside. When entering the mosque you understand its name: there are more than 20,000 blue tiles that decorate the dome and the top part of the mosque.

Topkapi Palace
Palace Topkapi is the best reflection of the imperial time in Istanbul and symbolises the great power Constantinople reached as headquarters of the Ottoman Empire.
In its 700,000 sqm, Place Topkapi has four patios and several buildings inside: the weapons room, the kitchen, the royal stables and The Treasure, among many others. Inside its walls is also located the Archaeological Museum and other buildings of interest.
Among the several areas the palace has, one of the most important is The Treasure. This has some of the most valuable objects in the world, like the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, which is 88 carat and belonged to Letizia Ramolino. There is also the Topkapi Dagger on display, the most expensive weapon in the world, as it is made of gold and embedded emeralds.

Museums

Archaeological Museum
In 1891 the Archaeological Museum opened its doors, becoming the first museum of Turkey.
The museum’s collection is shared among three different areas:
- Archaeological Museums: the most highlighted is its wide sarcophagus collection, among which is Alexander’s Sarcophagus (4th century).
- Eastern Art Collection: in this part there are Ottoman sepulchres and Egyptian, Sumerian and Acadian cultures findings.
- Pottery and jewels Collection: This collection is located in the Tiles Pavilion. There are very few rooms, but the most interesting is the main building.

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum
The museum’s collection is made up of more than 40,000 objects of different categories: carpets, pottery, sculptures, sarcophagus and even different versions of the Koran. Furthermore, there is also a small ethnologic section where you can see recreations of the daily life in different geographic and temporal areas of Turkey.

Turkish baths

Süleymaniye Hamam
Süleymaniye Hamam is one of the oldest Turkish baths of Istanbul. It was built in 1557 during the mandate of Sülyman the Magnificent. It is the only mix Turkish bath of Istanbul.