Holiday Inn Istanbul - Old City
Gencturk Cad. Sirvanizade Sok. No 5. Vezneciler Fatih
Gencturk Cad. Sirvanizade Sok.
No 5. Vezneciler Fatih
Istanbul - Old City Gencturk Cad. Sirvanizade Sok. No 5. Vezneciler Fatih
1.24 MI/ 2 KM
- Obelisk of Theodosius
A short walk from Sultanahmet Square, easily reached on foot or by tram, the expansive Topkapi Palace Museum complex was the residence of Ottoman sultans for around 400 years from the 15th century onwards. The palace encompasses extravagantly decorated pavilions, the harem where the imperial families lived and the Treasury, which houses a collection of gold, silver and bejewelled precious objects.
A short walk from the hotel, the underground Basilica Cistern, built by the Romans in the 6th century to address Istanbul’s lack of water, is the largest of its kind in the city. The vast subterranean structure features more than 300 columns with decorative carvings. Walk along wooden platforms to appreciate the reflections of the columns in the still water below: a product of age-old ingenuity.
Within walking distance from the hotel, Hagia Sophia Museum presides over Sultanahmet Squar. Originally a 4th-century cathedral, this monumental Byzantine architectural masterpiece has been rebuilt and significantly expanded over the centuries, becoming a mosque in the 15th century. With multiple domes and four minarets, its cavernous interior houses many fascinating, shimmering mosaics.
Istanbul’s rich art and architecture includes Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, and magnificent, spectacularly adorned Ottoman mosques. The 5-day Museum Pass Istanbul saves money and entitles you to free admission, without queuing, to many of the city’s top attractions, including the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace Museum. To get on the fast track, buy passes online or at select museums.