Modern Sultan Hotel
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A tour to the blue mosque, beautiful building, lots of history. We had to cover our hair and knees. also a visit to the St Sofia church, which was a church of two religions, Christian and Muslim. the shopping around the grand bazaar, mostly carpets gold and leather. We also went to a carpet shop, where they showed us a carpet weaving demonstration. Silk carpets were around the $36,000, so we ordered ...
... 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 ...
... tl (Turkish Lira) or 5 USD. they were very welcoming. we then moved on to the basilica cistern. this where the water was stored for all of the empire. it was once filled all the way to the top now it is like about the same height as river. there are fish and you can make wish. my group and I also took a picture dressed up as sultanas and sultans. very funny time. also inside of the basilica was a medusa head from the Greek empire. but when this was rebuilt it was flipped upside ...
... was built is just unbelievable. We also really loved the idea that it was built as a church, and became a mosque instead of being torn down. There is so much hatred and mistrust between Christians and Muslims today- I wish they could all add a pilgrimage to Aya Sofia to see the Islamic writings blended with Christian imagery of Mary... And perhaps learn something of tolerance.
The Basillica Cistern is another bizarre creation- it is a humid, dark underground ...
The massive pillars and dome and endless decorations are a lot in one room, and even for someone who isn't much in to artsy stuff and obviously not into religion, it's one of the most impressive places I've ever seen.
Like all mosques, decorations are always geometric patterns, as Islam prohibits representations of living things, such as the more familiar ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsModern Sultan Hotel Istanbul
This hotel has an excellent location - right in the center of very many main Istanbul attractions.
The building is old, which adds certain sharm to your stay, and the hotel room had all necessary things, and was quiet at night.
Overall - very modest, but a good value for money.
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