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Karlamato stayed here on Aug 31, 2011 during their trip titled: GRECIA-TURCHIA-2011.
Start of a week in Istanbul. Traffic horrendous on the first day - but that turned out to be due to the Olympic torch; it was merely dangerous the rest of the time. Stayed in Sultanahmet and were able to walk to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi and so on within a few minutes. The tour, by Voyages Jules Verne's excellent local …
An early start took us to the church at Chora (images luckily preserved during the time it ws a mosque). The mozaics were glorious, and the empasis on the story of Mary was fascinating for those of us familiar with the Western (vs Orthodox) tradition. Our next visit was the tomb at Eyup - a whole district is named after the standard bearer of the …
Part of Istanbul, of course, is in Asia. Elizabeth insisted we visit. The ferry was part of the very reasonable public transport network, and if anything the eastern area of the city was more modern than the European. There were one or two odd sights, though - like the ramshackle roofs with satellite TV aerials . .
Favourites in Istanbul that we visited are shown in the photos. The roof-top restaurant of the Seven Hills was particularly good for views!
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking