Attractions in Istanbul
The Bosphorus, the straits between Asia and Europe. Take a traditional steamboat ride to enjoy the array of colours and scented breezes, and admire the palaces and old mansions as you pass under bridges that connect two continents.
The Egyptian Spice Bazaar, built in the 17th century AD next to the Golden Horn, is the second-largest covered bazaar in Istanbul and sells medicines and spices. Open every day between 9:00am-7:00pm.
The Cistern Basilica, a Byzantine cistern from the 6th century AD built by Justinian I, features fine brick vaulting supported by 336 types of columns brought here from different parts of the Empire. Open every day between 9:00am-5:00pm.
The Blue Mosque, famous for the beautiful blue tile work ornamenting its walls, this mosque is surrounded by six slim minarets that distinguish it from other mosques. Open every day between 9:00am-5:00pm. The Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas is one of the hotels in Istanbul near the Blue Mosque, which can be reached in approximately fifteen minutes by car or taxi.
Topkapi Palace, the first Ottoman palace to be built in the newly conquered capital of the Empire, this is an organic complex of various kiosks, gardens and areas spread over the tip of the historical peninsula at the entrance to the Golden Horn. Open daily between 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays). From the hotel Topkapi Palace is an easy fifteen-minute drive or taxi ride away.
Dolmabahce Palace, this palace housed Sultans and their families before the Republic, after which it was used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during his visits to Istanbul. Atatürk died here on November 10, 1938. Open daily between 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed on Mondays & Thursdays).
The Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, the ICEC has everthing you need to organize memorable and successful congresses and exhibitions in the imperial city of Istanbul. The only place in Istanbul where 3,500 delegates can sit down together for a five-star gala dinner, ICEC offers you an outstanding combination of state-of-the-art facilities and superior service.
St. Anthony of Padua Church, alternatively known as the Sant'Antonio di Padova Church, S. Antonio di Padova, St. Antoine, or locally as Sent Antuan, is the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on İstiklal Avenue in the Beyoğlu district.
Along with the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (1846) in the Harbiye district, St. Louis of the French (1581) and Santa Maria Draperis in Beyoğlu, Sts. Peter and Paul (1841) in Galata, Assumption Church in the Moda quarter of Kadıköy, St. Stephen in Yeşilköy and Bakırköy Church in Bakırköy, St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most important Catholic churches in Istanbul, and among them has the largest community following its masses.
The original St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1725 by the local Italian community of Istanbul, but was later demolished and replaced with the current building which was constructed on the same location. The current St. Anthony of Padua, along with its adjacent buildings (known as the St. Antoine Apartmanları) on İstiklal Avenue, was built between 1906 and 1912 in the Venetian Neo-Gothic style, and was likewise edificed by the local Italian community of the city, mostly of Genoese and Venetian descent, who amounted to 40,000 people at the turn of the 20th century. The building was designed by the Istanbulite Levantino Italian architect Giulio Mongeri.