Local attractions around Antik Hotel Istanbul
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Istanbul has become like a shopping mall paradise during the last years, having the most number of Shopping Malls in a city than many other major cities in Europe and Middle East. Below please find info about the major shopping malls. The listed malls have more than 100 shops in one location.
The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi)
At 5 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is a covered trade center built between 1455 and 1461 by Mehmet II the Conqueror. Following fires and earthquakes, the bedesten was restored several times. It is a huge labyrinth including thousands of shops and hundreds of workshops. Most of them are seated according to their speciality: jewels, copper items, carpets, leather, clothing, souvenirs...
(Open 09.00 - 19.00. Closed on Sundays.)
Beyazıt Antique Books Market (Sahaflar Çarşısı)
At 5 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul, the Second-hand Book Bazaar nestles in an ancient courtyard between the Beyazit Mosque and the Covered Bazaar. One of Istanbul's oldest markets, the Bazaar is built on the same site as the Chartoprateia, which used to be the book and paper market of Byzantium. The market remained a focal point for the sale and distribution of books within the Ottoman Empire, as well as a gathering spot for Istanbul's intellectual and literary circles. Best place to discover old books, maps, prints, engravings and lithographs.
(Open 09.00 - 19.00. Closed on Sundays.)
Constantine’s Column (Çemberlitaş)
At 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul. The Column of Constantine, also known as the Burnt Stone, 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 as the new capital city of the Roman Empire. At the top of the column there was a gigantic statue of the Emperor Constantine dressed and adorned as Apollo. The statue toppled in a hurricane in 1106 and was later replaced by a huge cross. After the Ottoman conquest the cross was removed. The column was the centerpiece in the Forum of Constantine, where the statues of pagan gods and Christian saints were stated.
Süleymaniye Mosque (Soliman Mosque)
At 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul, the Süleymaniye crowns one of Istanbul's third hill and dominates the Golden Horn, providing a landmark for the entire city. Built between 1550 and 1557, the mosque and its surrounding buildings were designed by Mimar Sinan, the most famous and talented of all imperial architects. Sinan's tomb is just outside the mosque's walled garden. Every detail contributes to make this mosque exceptional. The mosque complex (külliye) includes a hamam, imaret (soup kitchen, now a fine restaurant serving Ottoman cuisine), theological colleges (medrese), a hospital (darüssifa) and medical school, a primary school and a caravanserai/hostel for travelers. The total of ten balconies of the four minarets symbolises the fact that Süleyman the Magnificent was the tenth Ottoman sultan.
(Open 09.00 - 19.00 every day.)
Kumkapı Taverns District
Kumkapi district is situated on the shoreline of the Old City in the southeastern part of Istanbul. It was founded as a fishing village during the Byzantine period. This part of the city had been reorganised in early 1900s, several sea food restaurants that surround the main square and line up into the connecting streets were opened up. These establishments also constitute the main economic and social texture of the district, and have turned the district into one of the major tourist attractions of the city. You may enjoy delicious fresh sea food dishes, appetizers and traditional Turkish music. The place is 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
At 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul, The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Cami) was built opposite Haghia Sophia for sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, one of Mimar Sinan's apprentices. The mosque is one of the last finest examples of Turkish classical architecture. The sultan's pavilion where he used to rest before entering the mosque (now the Carpets and Kilims museum), the medrese and the Mausoleum still remain today. The mosque is called Blue Mosque because of the beautiful 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color that covers the walls and piers.
(Open 09.00 - 19.00 every day.)
St. Sophia ( Aya Sofya )
At 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul, Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years and converted into a museum in 1935.
(Open 09.00-17.00 in the winter, 09.00-19.00 in the summer. Closed on Mondays)
Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
This subterranean structure was commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532. The largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul, it was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days. The cistern was cleaned and renovated in 1985 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and opened to the public in 1987. It's now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Walking along its raised wooden platforms, you'll feel the water dripping from the vaulted ceiling and feel the fascinating atmosphere. The cistern is 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
(Open 09.00-17.30 in the winter, 09.00-18.30 in the summer every day.)
Topkapi Palace was, after the Old Seraglio, the second to be built after the Conquest, between 1465 and 1478. Successive sultans added new parts and made the palace more attractive. Overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, it was at the time of the Ottoman splendour a city-palace which could accomodate about 4000 persons. During almost 400 years, 25 sultans lived here starting from Mehmet II the Conqueror until Abdülmecit. The palace and the pavilions situated among nice gardens have been turned into a museum where rich and beautiful pieces of porcelain, ceramics, precious furniture, ceremonial clothing, tapestries, miniatures, Holy Relics of Prophet Mahomet and John the Baptist can be seen. However the main curiosities are the Treasury and the Harem. The Palace is 20 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
(Open 09.00-16.45 in the winter, 09.00-18.45 in the summer. Closed on Tuesdays.)
Spice Bazaar built in 1664, was part of the Yeni Cami complex. Medicinal herbs and spices from the territories of the empire and other countries used to transit through Egypt. The bazaar was the Mecca of oriental medicine and pharmacopoeia. Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. As well as spices, stalls sell caviar, dried herbs, nuts and dried fruits, household table and bathroom linen and jewels. The Market is 10 minutes walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
(Open 09.00-19-00. Closed on Sundays.)
Tour with public boat with daily departures from Eminönü. You may enjoy historical places like Dolmabahçe Palace and beautiful residences at the side of Bosphorus. The voyage from Eminönü to Sariyer, a northern Bosphorus town on the European shore, takes just over one hour, but the entire round-trip voyage from Eminönü past Sariyer to Anadolu Kavagi on the Asian shore (with a 3-hour wait at Anadolu Kavagi), and return to the Eminönü ferryboat docks, takes 6 hours. The dock is half an hour walking distance from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
It is the most active street of Istanbul and there are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, book shops on Istiklal Street. All shops cafes etc are open till late hours. This street lay between the most popular and busy square of Istanbul, Taksim and Tunel (underground). If you go to Istiklal Street for shopping The Aznavur Arcade, Atlas Arcade and Markiz Arcade are must sees. While walking you will be surprised how many small passages seem to be hidden on the way. One of those passages is Cicek Pasaji on a rococo style erected at 1876 which is famous with its restaurants, fish market and small shops. Easy access by metro from Antik Hotel Istanbul.
Kanyon Shopping Mall
Kanyon has the most beautiful concept in Istanbul's shopping malls. The space is located at Levent district of Istanbul. It can easily be reached via the metro line from Vezneciler. Kanyon is at the Levent metro stop and its entrance is connected to the metro line, like the other shopping mall "Metro City". Kanyon is an open air space with no roof, covering an area of 37,500 m² on four floors with 160 shops.
Cevahir Shopping Mall
Cevahir is another brand new mall of Istanbul with over 320 shops. The mall hosts restaurants, furniture shops, household goods, shops from several known brands, movie theatres and an entertainment park. The shopping mall is located between Mecidiyeköy and Sisli districts. In order to get to the place you may take the metro from Vezneciler and get off at Mecidiyeköy stop. The mall is just on the south exit of metro stop.
MetroCity Shopping Mall
This new and modern mall is located at Levent just near the metro station with an access from inside the station. You may use take the metro from Vezneciler and get off at Levent. The mall is inside the MetroCity houses, a group of 3 skyscrapers together. It has 4 floors and 120 shops, including top fashion brands. The place has elegant and luxury shops. The food court downstairs is quiet and offers a lot of choices.
Istinye Park Shopping Mall
The Mall with a wide selection of 300 stores features both indoor and outdoor space. With its giant glass dome and glass ceilings, the place brings the sun in and gives a perfect harmony of indoor comfort and outdoor airiness. You may experience the joy of sitting under the shade of a tree in the mall combining fun, sports and shopping. Has a 12 theater cinema complex. You may take the metro from Vezneciler and get off at ITU/Maslak stop.
Zorlu Center Shopping Mall
A new semi-indoor and semi-outdoor town surrounded with the rich endemic flora of Bosphorus with 180 stores. Zorlu Center Mall offers an extraordinary movie experience to cinephiles with 14 movie theatres, 2 of them being VIP. The place also creates difference with its gourmet concept. You may take the metro from Vezneciler and get off at Gayrettepe. Visitors can experience the joy of sitting under the shade of a tree or the comfort of chit-chating with a local shopkeeper, together with the ultimate pleasure of watching a movie in a state-of-the-art theater or the fullfillment of living an active city life. All is possible under one roof. Also 20 little speciality stores are ready to serve your gourmet pleasures.
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