Hotel Turkoman

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Asmali Cesme Sokak 2, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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January 1, 2010


Hi All

Quick question, as a first timer coming to Istanbul, we will be there over the New Year, wondering if anything will be open for us to see on January 1st?

Will restaurants and shops be open?
Will tourist sites be open?
Will the tram be running?

Any help with this is greatly appreciated. And, if things are closed, any suggestions on what we can do?

Look forward to your replies

Re: January 1, 2010

by muratkorman

It will be business as usual in most places. For restaurants and shops, definitely yes. Tram and other transportation will be all operating. Some tourist sites may be closed. Please check websites for sites you are interested in. And also don't forget to look at my tips for things to do and places to eat :) Enjoy new year in my lovely hometown ...

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Istanbul Attractions

by sinanke

Istanbul Attractions
Through the heart of Istanbul runs the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia and a stretch of water that encompasses the romance of this fascinating city.
The best way to capture the magic is to take a boat excursion up the river, where along its shores you will experience the past and present of Istanbul. Marble palaces, stone fortresses stand alongside yalis (wooden villas) and small fishing communities. At sunset, as you relax on the shores of the river contemplating the red evening light reflecting in the water, you comprehend the attraction felt by the ancient settlers to what is today one of the world's most glorious cities.

Rumeli Fortress

Topkapi Palace (Museum, view map)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Now one of Istanbul's leading museums, the Topkapi Palace was the Imperial residence of the Great Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years until the reign of Abdülmecid. The palace was subjected to many changes as it passed from sultan to sultan, but today houses a spectacular museum famed for its large collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.

Haghia Sophia (Heritage, view map)
Sultanhmet, Istanbul

Considered the eighth wonder of the world, this Byzantine Church is one of the largest ancient buildings to be found anywhere. It is the most significant masterpiece of Byzantine art and Eastern Christian church architecture and was completed in 532 during Justinian's reign. The church covers a surface of 7,570 square meters and its dome is 55.6 meters high and 32 meters wide and is carried by 107 columns.
The vast building, with its range of architectural styles, is one of Istanbul's best known landmarks and few visitors to the city miss a trip to view its extraordinary interior.

Blue Mosque (Building, view map)
Sultanhamet, Istanbul

Dating from the 17th century, this is one of the largest Mosques in Istanbul and is one of the principal features on the city's skyline. The only mosque in the world with six minarets, its real fame derives most from its beautiful interior tiles with flower and tree motifs. On the east side of the mosque is the Arasta, a bazaar for the various tradesmen guilds.

Suleymaniye Camii (Building, view map)

The mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent is yet another of the city's great landmarks set in a complex of surrounding buildings capped by over 400 domes. Its design represents an important development in Ottoman mosque architecture.

Kariye Camii (St-Savior inChora) (Heritage)

Worth seeing for its famous mosaics which constitute one of the world's most important examples of early Byzantine pictorial art. The mosaics tell the story of the New Testament from the birth of the Virgin Mary to a scene showing the Resurrection of Christ. The building was turned into a mosque during the reign of Bayezit II. The surrounding neighbourhood has many old Ottoman wooden houses.

Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken Palace) (Heritage)

A walkway just above the water allows you to view the forest of stone pillars that support this vast under ground cistern. Built in 532 AD it was at one time supplied by the Valens aqueduct.

Eski Sark Eserleri Muzesi (Archeological Museums) (Museum, view map)
1st Court of Topkapi, Istanbul

Contains the Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Oriental Antiquities, both of which contain incredible artifacts.

Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar) (District, view map)

A vast labyrinth of little streets lined with over 4000 shops selling rugs, pottery, jewellery and countless other goodies.

Teodosios column

by SirRichard

This huge obelisc is really 1/3 of the original egyptian one. Teodosios brought it from Egypt, but it was broken and only the upper part is kept.
At the basement you can see reliefs in stone of the former Hippodrome scenes. At this pic you can see the Emperor having “A day at the races”.


by parsix

.. with people with whom I didn't share a language( well, sort off).
Sometimes when travelling I found myself in places where I don't know the language. Altough ackward, I believe it is a wonderful experience. In an effort to understand what is happening around you we pay more attention to stuff, we look, smell, observe.

Yes, a lot of people can speake English. But more than once I found myself using sign language to communicate with locals.

The Bosphorus cruise

by Sharrie

The cruise normally takes about 1-3 hours depending on how far you'd like to see. There are guided ones (which will cost quite a bit, probably US$25-50) & free & easy ferries (less than US$5). Take your pick & no matter which one you are on, you'll enjoy the views & the experience imho.

Souvenirs, spices, ceramics, music organs

by mindcrime

Every tourist goes to The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 4000 shops! It's like a labyrinth but have in mind that the main street is the jewelry street. You can spend hours here. Many people use to buy leather clothes but the quality aint so good. Of course it's a souvenir’s heaven! Jewelry, turkish ceramics, carpets, paintings, carvings, rugs, cheap tourist T-shirts, old posters etc. Don’t forget that you can negotiate the price, but
don't expect real antiques here!

The Egyptian(or Spice) Bazaar is the other famous bazaar in Istanbul. Although in our days is full of souvenirs, apple teas etc its nice to walk through just for the colors and the smells!

In the backyard of Bayazit Mosque there is a small second hand books Bazaar. Old books, miniatures, drawings, posters etc…

I liked a lot the fish market in Uskudar and the flee market at Kadikoy that was full of colors and people.

For nice Turkish coffee try "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi" at one of its several shops in the city.
For tea glasses go to “Pasabahce Glassery”. Several shops in the city but the one at Istiklal Cad 314 is the closest
For music organs try some shops outside the touristic areas so to buy some nice local organs

Several record stores along Istklal Cad. You can find many new releases here. Search for local artists(famous outside Turkey like Merkan Dede, Babazula etc) For rock&metal record stores:
At AKMAR PASAJI (Muhurdar Cad. Akmar Pasaji 70/12) located Zihni Muzik, Hammer muzik and Atlantis muzik....
At SINANPASA PASAJI(Hasfirin Cad. - Sinanpasa Pasaji) 2 record shops for rockers, Kostenbeck 2 and Pena Muzik
KRIPTON MUZIK(Ebuziya Caddesi – Dirihan No. 64/1 Bakirkoy)
KARGA MUZIK(Istiklal Cad - Atlas Pasaji No.14 – Beyoglu)


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Address: Asmali Cesme Sokak 2, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey