Istanbul Journals

Istanbul part 2

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A travel journal to Istanbul by Jctravel1983

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Ottoman Imperial Hotel

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Ottoman Imperial Hotel Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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The Ottoman Imperial Hotel is a great four star hotel located at the center of this wonderfull city. It’s located morely in the older part of Istanbul were you can really enjoy the rich history of the city. Remember that Istanbul is located near to Europe, Asia and is itself in the Middle East. When you walk through the city you can find yourself suddenly in an Asia area of the town with lots of Chinise restaurants and little shops while across the river you will find the more Europe orientated area.As said before the hotel is located in the historic part of the city but that doens’t mean this is an old hotel. On the contrary the hotel is rather a super modern luxurt hotel with internation...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2012

Ottoman Imperial Hotel
Caferiye Sokak 6
Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia

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HistoryConstantine the Great made sure that in the year 317 with the Decree of Milan, religious freedom was guaranteed. After that decree, the first churches, including the Aya Sofya was dedicated to the sacred wisdom Hagia Sophia between 325 and 360. The first Hagia Sophia was destroyed by an earthquake, soon after the church was again rebuilt, and the second was destroyed by fire. Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora would then build a new church. They called on famous Byzantine architects, including Anthemios of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus. With 3000 workers and 150 architects, they built the third Hagia Sophia. (532-538).The buildingIt is a basilica buildin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2010

Hagia Sophia
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 528 4500

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Attraction | "Grand Bazaar"

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LocationIn Sulthanamet district in Istanbul, is the grand bazaar. I remember from the past that there was a shop Grand Bazaar, where you could literally buy anything. It was with this idea that we visited the Grand Bazaar. They had told us when you go to Istanbul and you want to buy souvenirs, visit this bazaar. It's really cheap. We walked through the expensive district of Istanbul with the more expensive stores and you will arrive at a kind of city wall. A contrast of rich to poor. In a large gate you go inside. Despite the enormous crowd it was pretty quiet. You will require visitors to wash a tap and suddenly you see the great mosque which are mainly men go inside. Then you come to a d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2010

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
Kalpakcilarbasi Street
Istanbul, Turkey

Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)

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Attraction | "Spice Bazaar"

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LocationIn the Eminonu district, next to the New Mosque and the Bosphorus, is the spice bazaar. It is also called the Egyptian Bazaar. I really did not know what to expect from this place, but the building where you go inside is a large hangar in an L-shape of red bricks. This building and behind narrow streets where people also selling products.EntranceI thought we go to an ordinary market. But that is not true. At the entrance there are two policemen. A boy of us had to empty his backpack. Oh dear, I thought, in places like this have been bomb attacks. After that I just couldn’t really relax and thought what if something would happen here with so many people?...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2010

Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)
Behind the Yeni Cami Mosque
Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Megara Palace

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Hotel | "Megara Palace, Old City, Istanbul"

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The first night on arrival at the Ottoman Hotel receptionist said: "There is a small problem". "Sh ...., We come too late and they have given away our room" flashed through my mind. But that was not all that bad. During the week we had two nights at another hotel. Not far from this hotel. The hotel proved to be the brother of the owner. Yes, families should help one another.We were nicely brought to the Old City hotel and found that indeed an elegant room was arranged for us. And the hotel was maybe 5 minutes walk from our old hotel. In the historic center of Istanbul in Sultanahmet.LocationFrom the hotel looks out on the hilly streets of Istanbul. You see the tops ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2010

Hotel Megara Palace
Ishakpasa Cad. 8
Istanbul, Turkey 34140
90 212 518 36 56