The Istanbul Museum Pass is not as good of a monetary value as I initially thought, the price increased from 72TL to 85TL right about the time we visited ($43.65US) but it did save us a little time waiting in line and got us to visit a few places that we probably wouldn't have otherwise seen.
The pass is good for 72 hours from the time you start using it so we started using it late on Saturday and were still able to use it Tuesday morning. You can purchase it at any of the participating museums, at the more popular one they have vans set up so you don't have to stand in the general line. We bought ours at the Chora Museum and didn't wait at all.
The pass gives you access to the Chora Museum, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace Museum, Topkapi Palace Harem Apartments, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Istanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (closed until December 2013), Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yildiz Palace Museum and Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam. We visited the first 6 of these places and when I added up the cost to visit them it was 98TL so we only saved 13TL each ($6 US). But the line for Hagia Sophia was at least 20 minutes long and the line for Topkapi was maybe 15-20 minutes so it did save a little time standing in the blistering heat.
When visiting the Rahmi Koc Museum, you can pay an extra 5 t/l to be taken onboard a Turkish Naval Submarine....'TCG Ulucalireis'. This Submarine still belongs to the Turkish Navy.
When you arrive at the Museum, tell them you want to visit, and they will book you in on the next tour. I had only seen Submarines on Television, I guess like most people. To be actually in one was an experience.
There was even less room than I thought, and I would hate to have to cook in the very small kitchen!
Bunk fold-up beds where ever they could fit them. Not for me.
Gauges everywhere, and even a make out DIVE!! (NOISE ONLY)
I think you would have to be a special type of person to live in these very confined quarters for a long time. You certainly wouldn't want to make enemies with any of your crew mates!!
A little bit of info from the pamphlet............This vessel was originally built as the BALAO/TENCH-class US Navy Submarine USS THORNBACK (SS-418) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, USA in 1944: it is more than 93m long, and displaces more than 2,400 tons. The boat saw service in the Second World War against the Japanese before being decommissioned and placed in the US Navy Reserve fleet in 1946. In the early 1950s USS THORNBACK was modernised to GUPPY IIa specification and re-entered service in 1953. She was transferred to the Turkish Navy on 2nd July 1971, and immediately renamed TCG Uluçalireis with pennant number S-338. She then gave thirty years of valuable service to the Republic of Turkey before being finally transferred to the care of this Museum in 2001.
I will stick to my sailing on the Cruise ships, but I did enjoy my look at the "Sub"
Fondest memory: LOCATED AT RAHMI KOC MUSEUM
HaskOy Caddesi No5
Tel: (0)212 369 66 00-01-02
Archeological Museum (open everyday except Monday)
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art (open everyday except Mondays)
Ayasofya Museum (open everyday except Mondays)
Topkapi Museum (closed on Tuesdays)
Divan Edebiyati Museum (closed on Tuesdays)
Yildiz Palace Museum (closed on Tuesdays)
Kariye Museum (closed on Wednesdays)
Istanbul Hisarlar Museum (closed on Wednesdays)
This interesting museum located inside the walls of the Topakapi Palace area, is one of my favourites in Istanbul.
The main highlight here is the Alexander Sarcophagus, a wonderful carved piece, with scenes of some battles of Alexander the Great. It is not the place where the hero body lies, it was given that name because of the decoration.
This little but interesting museum is just in fron of the Archeological Museum, inside the Topakapi Walls.
It shows many interesting pieces of the Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Egyptian and Arabic civilisations.
Here you can find the oldest PEACE treaty in Human History, the Kades Peace treaty which was signed between the Hittites and Egyptians.
Favorite thing: Visit the Chora Church Museum where you can see beautiful 14th century Byzantine mosaics.
Favorite thing: At the entrance of the Ancient Orient Museum you can find this marvellous two Hittite Lions from Zincirli, dating to 9th century BC...