Star Hotel Istanbul
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... Shop was the meeting place in the 50s and 60s of travellers going east or west, buying or selling a Kombivan or hitching a ride to Kathmandu. We were there in 1976, and it has changed but they were interested to talk to us, show us old photos and newspaper cuttings and gave us a logo shopping bag. Then strolled the Hippodrome, sight of races and games, looked at Egyptian obelisk(stolen), "The Million" measuring column used to measure all distances in the world (but no examples ...
... overly adventurous - we had wraps - but they are very Turkish. Feeling refreshed we were ready to keep moving.
Wandering along the water we saw a 2 hour Bosphorus Cruise so bought tickets. We enjoyed the trip. Travelling up the European side we passed the Dolmabahce Palace built in the more western style, plus many other mansions and numerous mosques, and the Rumeli Hisari (Fortress of Europe) before heading back on the Asian side.
... and murky halls.
As breathtaking as the Basilica Cistern had been however, I was just as astonished by Ayasofya. It was possibly the most beautiful place of worship I’d ever seen. Originally built in the fourth century before being burned down twice, this third version was built in the sixth century to almost exactly match the first. At some point in the Roman/Ottoman rule it was (as all the nicest places seem to be) converted to a Catholic church, before being turned ...
... 5 for the audio guide, but I didn't get much out of the Chora Church - only spending about 15 minutes there. Yes, the mosaics are amazing and the best in Istanbul, but I didn't feel it was worth the entry fee. After the Church, I walked down to the Golden Horn - a large bay off of the Bosphoros Straight. I was amazed by the number of jellyfish that are living there - such beautiful but terrible creatures. At 1:20 I walked by a tour boat that looked ready to depart so I asked ...
... and famous for its Iznik tiles, which were gorgeous.
Almost next door was ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet