A tale of two continents
Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that lies on two continents. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, it's no wonder the city is so cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. As the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has an expansive history that spans many centuries. Throughout its different incarnations, Istanbul has been called both Byzantium and Constantinople. Whichever name you know it by, Istanbul is simply incredible and we invite you to stay at Sultan Mehmed Hotel to discover Turkish hospitality first hand. You will be well cared for, and will find our hotel rates to be reasonable and our friendly service will have you coming back again and again to discover this city’s many sides.
While many of the most visited sightseeing attractions reside on the European side of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, the more residential Asian (or Anatolian) side also has its own unique charms. Be sure to explore the beauty of both sides offering a plethora of things to do in Istanbul to make your trip complete and visit the outskirts to get a well-balanced picture of this part of Turkey. We will even assist you in renting a car if needed. From the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar
One of Istanbul's nicknames is the 'the city on seven hills.' Like Rome, the Istanbul of antiquity was built on seven hills, each with religious monuments, in both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
Today you will still find many stunning sights on these hills. Topkapi Palace was the former royal residence of the Ottoman sultans. Set by the sea and overlooking the Golden Horn, today's Topkapi Palace is open to the public as a museum, with four primary courtyards and a wealth of treasures. Wander through leafy gardens and airy libraries, an imperial harem, and impressive gilded pavilions.
Head for another hill and the Grand Bazaar awaits you. One of the largest covered markets in the world, featuring more than 6,000 stalls, the Grand Bazaar is a mecca for shoppers. Jewelry, spices, carpets, and pottery combine to create a seemingly endless range of tempting items. Test your bargaining skills or just enjoy a stroll around the structure itself, which seems almost like a palace.
Side by side are two other must-see Istanbul sights. The beautiful mosaics and massive dome of the 1400-year old Hagia Sofia leave visitors mesmerized. Equally extravagant is the working Blue Mosque whose six slender minarets are one of the most famous components of Istanbul's skyline. And all of this is just a stone-throw distance away from Sultan Mehmed Hotel.
Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world and with such a long and rich legacy it would be easy to tour only the city's historical wonders. However, present-day Istanbul is one of the most vibrant, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan places on earth and no visit would be complete without experiencing what the modern city has to offer. Book your stay at Sultan Mehmed Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey to experience the city’s many facets. An evening out could include cuisine from all corners of the world (though be sure to try the sumptuous mezzes and kebabs), cocktails at an elegant bar on the Bosphorus, and clubbing until dawn. Istanbul at night is a beautiful sight. Retire to one of the many Istanbul hotels after a full day – and maybe even a very late night – out to see more sight the next day.
Take some time for leisure, too, like a traditional Turkish bath or a cruise from Istanbul down the Bosphorus Strait. One visit to Istanbul could never suffice and how could it? There are two continents to explore! So slow down and sip some fragrant mint tea, while you plan your next trip. Just rest assured that you are always welcome at Sultan Mehmed Hotel.
Bosphorus River - Take a cruise on the Bosphorus River. See many amazing sights. A great way to see the city in action.
Topkapi Palace - Sultans lived here for nearly 400 years, consists of hundreds of rooms and adorned with a large number of artifacts.
Hagia Sophia - A famous Istanbul landmark. Initially a church, and then turned into a mosque, it exhibits remarkable diverse architecture.
Grand Bazaar - One of the world's oldest landmarks. Millions have visited this Grand Bazaar.
Blue Mosque - Name due to thousands of blue tiles and one of the few mosques to have six minarets, an iconic feature of Istanbul.
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A tale of two continents