Grand Ons Hotel

Azimkar Sok. No:22 Laleli, Fatih, Istanbul, 34480, Turkey | 2 star hotel
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We’ve come to Constantinople

A travel blog entry by ginapeach


... it, with each leaving a piece of their culture behind. The Greeks recognised the value of the area and Greek Coloniser Byzas founded Byzantium in 685 BC. A thousand years later, the Roman Emperor Constantine chose the area as the new capital of the empire. Then during the Crusades, the Sultan Mehmet attacked the city and in 1453 the city became part of the Ottoman Empire.

The ship was docked in the Karakoy part of town close to ...

Day two

A travel blog entry by leonajim


... rebuilt, the final basilica larger and more majestic than before was commissioned by Emperor Justinian I and completed in 537AD. The process of converting it to a Mosque involved removal or plastering over of paintings, frescoes, and statues. But some of the original religious artwork remains. It is a study in contrast of the difference in style between Christian and Muslim decoration of places of worship.

We were ready for morning tea by the time ...

Day 176 - Kebabs, Mosques & Efes

A travel blog entry by costin

... were great, washed down with a bottle of Efes. We were also given a free dessert, before we left, which was essentially an Ice Cream sandwich. The Ice cream was really chewy (which apparently is how they serve it in Turkey) and served with a raspberry sauce.

After dinner, we got a taxi to a bar near Taksim square. It looked pretty posh, but I assumed that as we were being taken there by locals, it wouldn't be that expensive. I had a couple of rum and cokes and ...

The Call to Prayer

A travel blog entry by gibbslocates


... than you can shake a beggar beating stick with. Once the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the buildings are stunning. There are beggars here but nothing like we saw in Greece. One such lady approaches us whilst we're dining in Abdullah's. She's wearing good quality ethnic clothing and as I point out to her -"Mrs, you've got more gold in your teeth than I've got fillings". (and that's a lot by the way). Abdullah sees Mrs. lady harassing his customers and ...


A travel blog entry by jspence

... landed on. The memorial and grave sites are very nice, the Turkish people do such a good job maintaining the sites and the land. It was a very respectful place. I was shocked by the terrain of the area, I do not understand how the soldiers could have climbed it with rifles and backpacks on their back. I'm writing my blog from a bus. We are taking to overnight bus to cappadoccia which I'm very excited to see. This twelve hour bus journey however, isn't fun. Can't wait to get ...

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This 2 star hotel, located in the Fatih area of Istanbul, is near Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Beyazit Mosque (Beyazit Camii), and Istanbul University.
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