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Historical Part of Istanbul

If this is your first time to Istanbul, you’ll be spending most of your time in this area of town. Simply because it is home to most of the unmissable and famous sights. The historical part of Istanbul is the area south of the Golden Horn and consists of boroughs such as Beyazıt, Eminönü, Fatih, […]

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Below you’ll find an overview of hotels I can recommend in the historical part of Istanbul. I grouped the hotels according to the amount of stars they are rewarded. Keep in mind that the amount of stars refer to the quality and service they offer. Five Star Hotels in the Historical Part of Istanbul Four […]

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Below you will find an overview of two and three-star hotels in the historical part of Istanbul. By clicking on a hotel name, you can obtain detailed information about the hotel, provided by Booking.com or the hotel’s own website. The overview by no means lists all two and three star hotels in this area. The […]

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Below you will find an overview of 4-star hotels in the historical part of Istanbul. By clicking on a hotel name, you can obtain detailed information about the hotel, provided by Booking.com or the hotel’s own website. The overview by no means lists all four star hotels in this area. The hotel list is based […]

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Below you will find an overview of 5-star hotels in the historical part of Istanbul. By clicking on a hotel name, you can obtain detailed information about the hotel, provided by either Booking.com or the hotel’s own website. The overview by no means lists all 5-star hotels in this area. The hotel list is based […]

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The map below gives an overview of the five main tourist areas in Istanbul: the historical part, or south of the Golden Horn the modern part, or north of the Golden Horn along the Bosphorus the Asian shore along the Golden Horn Just click on one of the five colored (red, blue, green, pink and […]

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After visiting main tourist attractions such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or Topkapi Palace and before descending into the Basilica Cistern or heading to the Grand Bazaar, people often end up in the Sultan Pub for a refreshing drink. Not surprising, given its location. It’s the first pub you come across on Divanyolu […]

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A trip to Istanbul is not complete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar. But hold your horses. Without proper advice, what is supposed to be a great oriental bargain hunt may become a big disillusion at best, or even a small nightmare. When to Visit the Grand Bazaar Morning or Evening –The truth of […]

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The Grand Bazaar in the historical part of Istanbul is an intriguing maze of over 4.000 shops. Below you’ll find a fair impression it. There are two versions available: a YouTube version (smaller in size) and a WVM version (bigger in size). The length of both movies is the same: 2:48 min. Enjoy! YouTube Version […]

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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), built in the 15th century, is the oldest covered market in the world. Covering an area of 54.653 square meters, it also still ranks as one of the world’s biggest covered markets. In other words, keep on reading if you want to be prepared before entering this maze of 56 […]

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