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İstiklal Cad. No:227 Tünel 34430 Beyoğlu / Istanbul - Turkey
+90 212 252 54 60

İstanbul Atatürk Airport / 20 km, Sabiha Gökçen Airport / 75 km

*Contact the hotel to take advantage of Richmond Istanbul’s special shuttle services (extra charge). Round-trip shuttle service is free of charge with a minimum 6-night stay.

*There is also transportation from the airport to the hotel via Havabus shuttles and taxis which operate 24/7. For transportation via the underground from Atatürk Airport, see the diagram.

TIME ZONE

UTC +3

hours

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

The native language is Turkish.

English is widely spoken.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Local voltage is

220 volts.

SHOPPING HOURS

Shopping Centers

10.00 – 22.00
Historic and Cultural Sites

One of the oldest towers in the world, it was built in 528 as the Beacon Tower (Fener Kulesi) by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius. If you go through the restaurant on the top floor of the tower, you can access a balcony that encircles the structure. The balcony affords a panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

This museum was established in 2005 to ensure that the “Orientalist Paintings”, “Anatolian Weights and Measures” and “Kütahya Porcelain and Ceramics” collections and the values they represent are passed down to future generations.

It is the largest Catholic church in Istanbul. It was initially constructed in 1725 to serve citizens from Catholic countries working in the Ottoman Imperial Palace and State and those engaged in commerce.  The modern-day church has a facade of red brick and was completed in 1912.

Originally called Kulekapı Dervish Lodge, Galata Dervish Lodge was the second such lodge established in 1491 in the new Ottoman capital after the conquest of Constantinople. Opened to the public in 1975, the lodge currently serves as a Museum of Divan Literature. The whirling dervish services performed on the second and last Friday of each month maintain the connection between the past and present.

This was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1922. After the proclamation of the Republic, Atatürk used Dolmabahçe Palace as the Presidential Residence in Istanbul. It is especially important for the history of the Republic because Atatürk passed away in the palace on November 10, 1938.

It served as the state administrative headquarters for 400 years during the Ottoman Empire and was home to the Ottoman sultans. Now used as a museum, the palace earned a place at the top of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Topkapı Palace reveals the history, glory and wealth of an empire that survived for centuries.

With more than one million works belonging to various libraries, it is one of the largest museums in the world. Established in the late 19th century as an imperial museum, it was opened to visitors in 1891. The museum collections include works from civilizations within the Ottoman Empire stretching from the Balkans to Africa, and from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to the Arabian Peninsula and Afghanistan.

It is the largest and oldest enclosed cistern in Istanbul. It was built during the reign of Justinian I to provide water to the nearby palaces.  The floor was cleaned during the major repairs conducted in 1984, uncovering both the original brick floor and marble blocks shaped like the head of Medusa under two columns. Concerts and cultural activities are occasionally held in the cistern’s mystical atmosphere.

This is one of the oldest structures in Istanbul. Built as a patriarch cathedral between 532 and 537 A.D. by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, it was converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror when the Turks took Constantinople in 1453. It currently serves as a museum. The building has survived for 15 centuries and is a masterpiece in the world of architecture and art history.

This is one of the most magnificent buildings in Istanbul. It was built by Sultan Ahmet I in the 17th century.  It is known as the “Blue Mosque” because it is decorated with more than 20,000 blue, green and white porcelain tiles from Iznik.

Completed in 1865, the palace served both as the summer palace of the sultans and lodging for foreign guests. This historic building has been converted to a museum and is one of the most beautiful works of architecture on the Anatolian shore.

Maiden’s Tower was built on a small island in the Bosphorus. Many tales have been told about it and legends have been created around it. The tower became the symbol of Üsküdar and is the only surviving Byzantine work in Üsküdar. The tower was used as a lighthouse for a time after the Republic was proclaimed and today serves as a restaurant.

Places to Visit

Located in Beyoğlu, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Istanbul, Istiklal Boulevard is 1,650 meters long and runs between Tünel and Taksim Square. A popular destination with tourists both foreign and domestic, Istiklal Boulevard is filled with people day and night. The street is literally a shopping paradise with dozens of restaurants and historic sites. The nightlife is also vibrant and offers a dizzying range of choices. Istiklal Boulevard is also home to many theaters, cinemas, bookstores and art galleries.

The 250-year-old Madame Tussauds is the most famous wax museum in the world; its Istanbul location opened its doors to visitors in November 2016 at the Grand Pera on İstiklal Boulevard.

The museum features historical and cultural heroes as well as famous figures from the worlds of art, sports and politics. You can see many figures from Turkey on a historic tour through the Ottoman and Republican eras and many international music, sports and movie stars.

Asmalı Mescit has been a popular nightlife destination in Beyoğlu since 2000. It is an alternative entertainment venue with dozens of restaurants and bars with something for everyone.

This historic arcade is one of the most popular entertainment sites in Beyoğlu and the building is very interesting. It began to be called Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Arcade) because a number of floral shops opened in it. When the bars that opened in the 1940s began to draw crowds, the florists closed shop and new taverns took their place. By the late 1950s, the name “çiçek” (flower) was just a historic reference and the venue became synonymous with bars and taverns.

One of the most important symbols of Istanbul, the Bosphorus is a strategically important part of the world.  It splits the city of Istanbul in two, making Istanbul one of the world’s rare cross-continental cities. The shores of the Bosphorus have been home to various civilizations throughout history. The mansions built along the water during Ottoman times are some of the best examples of Bosphorus architecture and have been synonymous with the strait for centuries.

Built in 1660, the Spice Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in Istanbul. In Turkish, it is called the Egyptian Bazaar because it was built with taxes levied on Egypt. Known for its herbalists, this bazaar sells natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, rare bulbs, dried fruits and nuts and delicatessen products.

Located in the center of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest and oldest indoor markets. Mehmet the Conqueror had it built in the 15th century. It is a unique, must-see bazaar with 66 streets and about 4,000 shops. In the past, each street featured specific vocations but today the bazaar is home to shops that sell hand-woven rugs and jewelry, the finest examples of traditional Turkish art, as well as pieces of Turkish silver, copper, bronze, and gold decorative items and ceramics.

Situated at one of the most beautiful spots on the Bosphorus, Ortaköy was used as a summer resort by Ottoman royalty. Today, it is one of the city’s most popular destinations thanks to the historic buildings, alternative cafes and restaurants, jacket potato shops, souvenir stores and shopping opportunities.

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