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Akbiyik Cad. No:35 Sultanahmet / İST
Tel: +90 212 5174040
Fax: +90 212 5162323
E-mail: info@zeugmahotel.com

USEFUL INFORMATION

ZEUGMA HOTEL ISTANBUL:   Information About Area 
Zeugma Hotel is located in the Old City Center thus, providing you exceptional access to Sultanahmet area. Thus, your routes are greatly shortened.

Distances to Historical Places Near Zeugma Hotel

Ataturk International Airport:  25 minutes by car.
Blue Mosque : 2 minutes walking
St. Sophia Museum : 3 minutes walking
Topkapi Museum : 5 minutes walking
Archeological Museum : 10 minutes walking
Grand Bazaar : 10 minutes walking
Egyptian Bazaar : 15 minutes walking
Underground Cistern : 5 minutes walking
Post Office : 5 minutes walking
Seaport : 15 minutes walking
Nearest Bank : 2 minute walking
Tram Station : 5 minute walking

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:

1.
TOPKAPI PALACE
The Topkapi Palace which has been the center of the state administration for nearly four centuries of the Ottoman Empire, is preparing to host the masterpieces of the Kremlin Palace. The exhibition that is named "Kremlin Palace Treasures are in the Topkapı Palace" is inviting all residents of Istanbul to be witnesses of the great meeting of the two palaces.
Open daily between 09:00-17:00 except Tuesdays

2.HAGHIA SOPHIA MUSEUM
The ancient Byzantine church, built by Justinian I between 532-537 AD after the Nika Riot, was later converted to a mosque with the addition of minarets in mid-15th century. The remarkable structure with its 56m high immense dome is a museum today in which you can see both Christian and Islamic art. There are good examples of the Byzantine mosaics as well. For about 1000 years this was the largest church in the world, and glory of the Byzantine Empire.
Open daily between 09:00-16:30 except Mondays

3.THE BLUE MOSQUE (OR SULTANAHMET MOSQUE)
This 17th century mosque, near Haghia Sophia, is famous for the beautiful blue tile work ornamenting its walls. Its surrounding six slim minarets distinguish it from other mosques which normally have two or four minarets. It was built by architect Mehmet Aga by the order of Sultan Ahmed I as a complex in seven years and became the most important mosque of the city, right in Sultanahmet square.

4.
THE BASILICA CISTERN (OR YEREBATAN SARAYI)
One of the magnificent historical constructions of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern. It was founded by Justinianus I, a Byzantine Empire (527-565).
This cistern has fine brick vaulting supported by 336 Corinthian columns. It is the largest covered cistern in Istanbul, dating back to the Roman times. Its dimensions are 140 by 70 meters, and it is capable of holding 80.000 cubic meters of water.

Open daily between 09:00-19:00

5. GRAND BAZAAR (KAPALI CARSI)
The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalicarsi, meaning Covered Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
Open daily between 09:00-19:00 except Sundays

6.
HIPPODROME (SULTANAHMET SQUARE)
In front of the Blue Mosque is the site of the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life. Of the monuments which once adorned only three remain: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column os Constantine. Remains from the curved end of the Hippodrome wall can be seen to the south of these three monuments. Today, it's center of historical, cultural and touristic activities. The square with its surrounding area resembles an open-air museum.

7.
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
These are situated on the perimeter of the first court of Topkapi Palace. The very rich collection of classical antiquities in the Archeological Museum includes the celebrated Alexander Sarcophagus, and the Athena Temple from Assos. The Museum of the Ancient Orient displays antiquities from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Hatti and Hittite civilizations.
Open daily between 09:30-16:30 except Mondays

8.
MOSAICS MUSEUM
This Museum was built to preserve "in-situ" the exceptionally fine mosaic pavements from the 5th and 6th centuries which were in the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperor.
Open daily between 09:00-16:30 except Mondays

9.
TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM
Built in 1524 by Ibrahim Pasa, grand Vizier of Suleyman the Magnificient, it was the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire. It is now used as a museum for many beautiful Turkish and Persian miniatures, Seljuk tiles, Korans and antique carpets.
Open daily between 09:30-17:00 except Mondays

10.
HAGIA IRENE MUSEUM
Hagia Irene was the first church in Istanbul built by the Constantine in the 4th and rebuilt by the Justinian. It is reputedly the site of a pre-Christian temple.

11.BINBIRDIREK CISTERN (OR CISTERN OF PHILOXENOS)
It is known that the Cistern of 1001 Columns, which is the oldest covered cistern of Istanbul, was built in the 4th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Constantine.
Open daily between 09:00-18:30

12. BURNT COLUMN (OR COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE)
The Burnt Column is a Roman monumental column constructed on the orders of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in 330 AD. It commemorates the declaration of Byzantium (renamed by Constantine as Nova Roma) as the new capital city of the Roman Empire.

13.
THE EGYPTIAN SPICE BAZAAR (OR MISIR CARSISI)
The Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar) is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
Open every day except Sundays.

14.
MAIDEN'S TOWES
The Maiden's Tower, also known in the ancient Greek and medieval Byzantine periods as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros), sits on a small islet located in the Bosphorus strait off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. (We are 4.5 km away.)