• Aya Sophya (Hagia Sophia) Church/Museum

    The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian around 535 AD. It was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453. Now a museum, it is awesome in size and contains beautifully preserved Byzantine mosaics. This church is an absolute must see.


    Estimated Travel Time
    20 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am 4:00 pm


    Topkapi Palace Museum

    Built in the 15th century, the Topkapi Palace was the principal residence of the Sultan. It was the legendary palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace has low buildings set in a series of courtyards and is quite unlike its western counterparts. Be sure to see the Harem (by appointment), the Treasury and the golden-roofed Baghdad Kiosk.


    Estimated Travel Time
    20 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Wednesday to Monday 10:00 am 4:00 pm


    Hagia Eirene Church

     

    This sixth-century church is located within the courtyard of the Topkapi Palace.





    Estimated Travel Time
    20 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Wednesday to Monday 10:00 am 4:00 pm


    Basilica Cistern

     

    This awesome columned cavern was the water source for both the Grand Palace of the Byzantine Empire and for the Ottomans' Topkapi Palace.




    Estimated Travel Time
    20 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Everyday 9:00 am 5:30 pm


    Blue Mosque


    This mosque was built in the early 17th century and is probably the most famous mosque in the city. It is distinguished by six slender minarets and walls covered with amazing blue Iznik tiles.
    Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except during prayer times.

    Estimated Travel Time

    20 minutes walk

    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Everyday 9:00 am 5:00 pm


    Archaeological Museum

     

    The Istanbul Archaeology Museums is a group of three archeological museums located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey near Gulhane Park and Topkapi Palace. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consists of three museums.

    Archaeological Museum (in the main building) Museum of the Ancient Orient Museum of Islamic Art (in Kiosk).

    Estimated Travel Time
    approximately 20 minutes walking distance from Erbazlar Hotel
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am 16:30 pm

    Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar was built in the 15th century. It has several gates: the most used one is at Cagaloglu and Beyazit (15 minutes walking distance from the Hotel). Istanbul's legendary bazaar is a labyrinth of over 4,000 little shops and is everything you dreamed an oriental market could be. It offers gold, jewellery, carpets, silver bibelots, leather, ceramics, copper and brass objects, hand-woven textiles and meerschaum pipes.

    Estimated Travel Time
    10 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Monday to Saturday 9:00 am 7:00 pm


    Spice Market

     

    The Spice Market was built in the 17th century as an extension of the Grand Bazaar. It is an exotic food market and bazaar that sells spices, dried fruits, cheeses and olives, as well as towels, slippers, baskets and jewellery. Outside the market there is a wonderful flower and bird market.
    Estimated Travel Time
    10 minutes walk
    Hours of Operation Open Close
    Monday to Saturday 8:00 am 7:00 pm

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