The House Hotel Galatasaray

Firuzaga Mah. Bostanbasi Cad. No:19, Istanbul, 34440, Turkey
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paying hotel

by lupoicelady

HI WE HAVE OUR HOTEL BOOKED AND WILL PAY ON ARRIVAL IS IT BEST TO PAY IN EUROS OR TURKISH LIRA HAVE HEARD A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT COMMENTS ANY INFORMATION WILL BE HELPFUL THANK YOU.

Re: paying hotel

by Gillybob

This will depend on whether you are travelling from within or outside the Eurozone.

Re: paying hotel

by venoquine

Hi, 2 years ago I booked a hotel in Istanbul;they did not want to be payed in lira.I did it in euros. It is very unsual for hotels to be payed when you get in.

Re: paying hotel

by nomad7890

I would ask them for a written quote in both. Then I would to to this site, check your exchange (not exact, but pretty good), and determine if they're inflating any of the prices. I would them pay them in the lowest one - but keeping a copy of the confirmation they send you.

Site: http://www.xe.com/ucc

Re: paying hotel

by hawkhead

I would think it would depend what you agreed when you booked the accommodation i.e. I assume you did it online, so there must have been a quote or total figure - some sort of paper with an amount on it. Whatever currency it was in, this is the currency in which they would expect to be paid. You can always email and ask them.

Re: paying hotel

by venoquine

Lo, if they agree you're lucky!

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have fun!

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Visiting Topkapi Palace...

by tolgaturan

Visiting Topkapi Palace Museum:
The order for the construction of the Topkapi Palace on the Seraglio Point overlooking both Marmara and Bosphorus was given by Mehmed II (the Conqueror). The place was then an ancient olive grove. The final form of the first palace covered an area 700m², and was enclosed with fortified walls 1400 meters in length. The walls were pierced by a number of gates, namely the Otluk gate, the Demir gate and the Imperial gate (Bab-i Humayun), and a number of minor angled gates between them. After the reign of Mehmed II , the palace grew steadily to form a city like complex of buildings and annexes, including a shore palace known as the Topkapi shore palace, as it was situated near the cannon gate -Topkapi- of the ancient walls of Istanbul. When the shore palace was burned down in 1863, it lent its name to the great complex we now know as Topkapi Palace. The main portal, the Bab-i Humayun, was suited next to the mosque of Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia Church), and this led a series of four courts surrounded by various structures. The courts, chambers, pavilions and other sections can be viewed at the floor plan of Topkapi Palace Visiting Aya Sofya Museum,

The Church of Hagia Sophia, associated with one of the greatest creative ages of man, was also the Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for more than one thousand years. Originally known as the Great Church, because of its large size in comparison with the other churches of the then Christian World, it was later given the name of Hagia Sophia, the Holy Wisdom of Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity.

Justinian conceived the grandiose project of rebuilding the Great Church from its foundations. Nothing like it was ever built before or after. Construction work lasted five years [532-537] and on December 27, 537, Patriarch Menas consecrated the magnificent church.

The new Hagia Sophia belongs to the transitional type of the domed Basilica. Its most remarkable feature is the huge dome supported by four massive piers, each measuring approximately 100 square, m, at the base. Four arches swing across, linked by four pendentives. The apices of the arches and the pendentives support the circular base from which rises the main dome, pierced by forty single-arched windows. Beams of light stream through the windows and illuminate the interior, decomposing the masses and creating an impression of infinite space. Twelve large windows in two rows, seven in the lower and five in the upper, pierce the tympana of the north and south arches above the arched colonnades of the aisles and galleries.

The thrust of the dome is countered by the two half-domes opening east and west, the smaller conchs of the bays at the four corners of the nave, and the massive outside buttresses to the north and south. The esonarthex and exonarthex, to the west, are both roofed by cross vaults. Two roofed cochliae [inclined ramps], north and south of the esonarthex, lead up to the galleries. The vast rectangular atrium extending west of the exonarthex had a peristyle along its four sides. At the center stood the phiale [fountain of purification] with the well known inscription that could be read from left to right and from right to left: 'Cleanse our sins, not only our face'.

The church measures 77 x 79 m. and the impressive huge dome soaring 62 m. above the floor has a diameter of about 33 m. According to R. van Nice, a scholar well versed in the problems posed by the architecture of Hagia Sophia. The nave is 38.07 m. wide, more than twice the width of the aisles, which measure 18.29 m. each. The vertical planes formed between the two north and the two south piers by the arcades of the aisles and galleries and the tympana above them are aligned flush with the side of the piers facing the nave. Thus, the mass of the piers is pushed aside into the aisles and galleries. By this clever arrangement the bearing structure is hidden from the eye, creating the impression that space expands in all directions and that the dome floats in the air.

At this point we would add the following historical evidence, which we believe will be found interesting. Written sources refer to 'the number of clerics appointed to the service of the most holy Great Church of Constantinople. ' The records list a total of 600 persons assigned to serve in Hagia Sophia: 80 priests, 150 deacons, 40 deaconesses, 60 subdeacons, 160 readers, 25 chanters, 75 doorkeepers. Another source reveals the extent of destruction and pillage which Constantinople suffered in the hands of the Catholic Crusaders after 1204 and the difficulties that the great church had to face from the 13th century onwards. Paspatis writes: 'In 1396, during the patriarchy of Callistus II, a note was made in the second volume of patriarchal documents [Millosich-Muller] listing all the existing gold and silver sacred vessels, hieratic vestments, crosses, gospel-books and holy relics. The destitution of the celebrated church, looted by the Latin Crusaders became evident. I mention the most important objects, from which pillagers removed pearls and other ornaments of gold in later times.

The church had: nine gospel-books, two of which remained in the church for the use of the priests, while the other seven much adorned the representations of embossed gold, were kept in the Skeuophylakion; five craters ...fourteen patens and chalices; six lavides [spoons]; six silver asterisks; four candelabra by the entrance; sixteen ripidia [fans]; eight crosses containing splinters of the True Cross and adorned with gold, silver and pearls; four aer [large veils]; twenty-six chalice veils and four patriarachal staffs; also a few icons, hieratic vestments and some relics of saints that had escaped the rapacious Crusaders...'

On Tuesday, May 29, 1453, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror entered the vanquished city late in the afternoon and rode to Hagia Sophia. He was amazed at its beauty and decided to convert the Cathedral into his imperial mosque. It has converted into a museum by M.K.Ataturk in 1934. It's a real must see...

Best and cheapest fish in Bosphorus

by mehbos37

Istanbul is heaven for fish lovers..Some fishes are only found in Bosphorus like the Blue fish and they taste great..
Istinye Fish market is one of the best alternatives when you want to buy some fish for the house..
If you are a tourist with an average luck and need to eat outside, try balik-ekmek (fish-bread) boats in Istinye and Yenikoy..
You can have a delicious fish for 2 dollars..

Soccer Madness

by bdwoot

There are only three teams that matter. Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray.

I have to admit to having developed allegiance to Besiktas (pronounced bay-she-TASH). The colors are black, white and red, just like my beloved DC United. The stadium is in woods overlooking the Bosphorus, likely the most beautiful setting for an arena I can imagine. And finally, they are the third among three for national popularity. I have always liked underdogs.

PLACES TO SEE
You should do...

by mabozer

PLACES TO SEE
You should do the 'musts' such as the visits to the Hagia Sophia Church and Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Underground Palace and Cistern, the Chora Church, the Dolmabahce Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque, the Archaeology Museum. A walk in the Sogukcesme Street, shopping in Grand Bazaar, an excursion by boat on Bosphorus etc. You'll find plenty of information on these places from any generic Istanbul brochure, and you can take affordable city-excursions for the visits (accompanied with proffessional guides which is a good and price and time-effective way of seeing these places).
You might also want to visit some of the remote but good museums such as the Sadberk Hanim Ethnographic Museum; the Military Museumwith a 'Mehteran' (Ottoman military banc) concert between at 3 pm every day other than Mondays and Tuesdays; and the Divan Literature Museum and Convent of Whirling Dervishes

Egyptian Bazaar

by traveloturc about Spice shops

The Egyptian Market (or Spice Market) is filled with the fragrance of the exotic East. Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and other edibles fill most of the shops in Istanbul's Misir Çarsisi, though jewelry and other high-margin goods have begun to move in.
It's no wonder: this is prime retail space, right at the southern end of the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn in the Eminönü district, right next to the New Mosque (Yeni Cami).
Stroll through the market (closed Sunday), and if you have the time, stroll for another hour through the surrounding bazaar. Hasircilar Caddesi, running west from the market building, is particularly colorful, with lots more shops selling spices, snacks and housewares. Located just behind the Yeni Mosque in Eminonu, the Spice Bazaar was built in 1660 by the architect Kazým Aga at the behest of Sultan Turhan. It gains its Turkish name, Mýsýr Çarþýsý (Egyptian Bazaar), from the fact that it once received income from taxes levied on Egypt. The English name hails from the days when the Bazaar specialised in the sale of herbs and spices, medicinal plants, and drugs. While the colour and aroma pervading the covered hallway may since have faded to some extent, a small number of shops do still stock the traditional products. In addition, you will find sacks and shelves groaning with dried fruits and nuts, teas and infusions, oils and essences, sweetmeats, honeycombs and aphrodisiacs.
The Spice Bazaar is open daily, except Sundays and public holidays.

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