The Byzantium Hotel & Suites
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
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... in the order we saw and did them: • Almost immediately upon crossing the bridge we were at the New Mosque built by the Ottoman Empire. It was our first mosque experience and it is truly amazing. I just love the middle eastern architecture. It just is so special to me. It's so unique and different to the European way of doing things. • The Spice Bazaar. This was just as I imagined it. I wasn't disappointed by this place. The stars were the ...
... Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox cathedral built in 537, which was converted into a mosque in 1453 and finally a secular museum by Ataturk in 1935. Again, much of it was constructed using plundered roman temples, including columns from Ephesus, allowing it to be constructed in only 6 years, it was the largest cathedral in the world for over 1000 years until the construction on the Seville cathedral. It's an incredible building, encapsulating elements ...
... with his friends. All day we had been avoiding people on the streets trying to sell us carpet so we were feeling pretty annoyed that our tour guide had sprung this on us. We were polite and sat through a whole display of different carpets and learnt about different wool and ways of weaving. If we weren't so annoyed to be there it may have been slightly interesting. We drank their complimentary apple tea and then were out of there and off to the markets. By this time I ...
... to do then stay out in the streets until the early hours. We also were shocked as we thought the men were all still drinking at the bars and cafes as they all had these little glasses of reddish liquid which looked like shots of something alcoholic but we later realised that this drink is Turkish tea and is a drink that absolutely everyone in turkey drinks all day long. This drink is served free to all the locals in the cafes and in some restaurants we were offered them ...
... always chatty without being too pushy. After the market we had a dilemma. Mo wanted to do a boat cruise around Istanbul and up to the Black Sea which would take 2 hours (I was worried about getting very burnt out on the boat for that long!). I wanted to go to a Hamam (Turkish Baths) which would take about an hour. But we didn't think we'd have enough time to do both. However our hotel guy suggested that we could do both if we didn't join a pre organised boat ...