Hotel Taksim Star
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- Continental Breakfast
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Minbar in room
- Airport Transportation
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Taksim Star Istanbul
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... that were cracked and sagging and I hate to think of the consequences of another major earthquake.
It was a privilege for me to be able to see what I saw of the Hagia Sophia who is a grand old lady who doesn't deserve to become just another crumbling ruin on the landscape of Europe
Other buildings on the site like the 500 year old Sultan's tombs are in pristine condition and are delightful to look at, once you forget about the bodies in the little green coffins...
... never really intended it to be seen, so it amazed me that it's so beautiful. Tons of pillars and lots of coves in the ceiling. They ran out of material toward the end and used whatever materials they had (the famous recyclers!) so there are some shorter pillars on one side that have big blocks under them to make up for height...and on 2 of the blocks are Medusa's head! Leftovers from a pagan temple again. One of them is sideways and one is upside down because who cares?! They were ...
... just as it does in the "Christian countries," religious architecture often seems to dominates the skyline. Only in the modern era have businesses built towers that can rival the steeples of churches, the spires of cathedrals, or the minarets that accompany the larger mosques.
This architectural adoration crosses cultures and theologian. Istanbul contains several examples. Hagia Sophia stands out as unique. It was ordered built by Emperor Justinian almost 1500 years ...
... and replacing the tiny battery, but could not get the lid back on the watch to save his life. We both tried everything we could think of for about 15 minutes, until he finally ran down to a nearby store that had the proper equipment. To his credit, he didn't charge us a penny, even after we insisted on paying him. From the Grand Bazaar, we walked down to the equally famous Spice Bazaar. Walking through the spice market reminded us of the St. Josep market we had ...
Off to a good start on my trip, I feel like I've seen most of Istanbul and technically haven't even started my tour. Arrived Thursday afternoon and got to my hotel to find that (a) it's really cool and (b) I don't have to share this trip (I didn't pay single supplement)...which is good since my room is designed for two people who know (or want to get to know) each other really well! Tub (no ...