WHY ZURICH ISTANBUL
Hotel Zurich Istanbul is located in the heart of old city. Easy to access to business, shopping and touristic venues. Take advantage of our hotel facilities during your stay.
We strongly believe that to experience the height of comfort look no further then Hotel Zurich Istanbul.
- Arrival & Departure Transfer
- Airport Information Monitors
- Cafe Bar
- Meeting Room
- 24 Hours Room Service
- Business Service
- Concierge Service
- Currency Exchange
- Guest Service
- Guest Service
- Express Check-in / Check-out & Late
- Fire Alarm System
- Laundry & Dry Cleaning
- Shops ( Leather, Gold, Cosmetics, Gifts…etc)
- Spa Center
- Swimming Pool
- 24 Hours Security & Closed – Circuit TV Surveillance
- Qualified ISO 9001 Sertificate
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
At the point when the Christian Emperor Justinian introduced Hagia Sophia, importance Church of Divine Wisdom, in the year AD 537, it was the greatest building on the planet and remained the most noteworthy accomplishment of the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years. In the fifteenth century, Mehmet the Conqueror changed over it from a Christian church to a mosque, including the minarets, tombs and wellsprings. Turkey turned into a common republic in 1923 and Hagia Sophia was created as an exhibition hall after 12 years, with a hefty portion of its Byzantine mosaics uncovered from underneath layers of Ottoman mortar.
The guests admire the tremendous 56m (183ft) high arch. Different highlights incorporate Byzantine mosaics and gigantic Ottoman round shields containing calligraphy of Koranic verses. Opening Times: Tues-Sun 09:00-17:00 (winter); Tues-Sun 09:00-19:00. Kapali Çarşi (Grand Bazaar) The renowned and unlimited bazaar is the best known of Istanbul’s bazaars. It was instated soon after the 1493 Conquest and contained the slave market, and the hans, or caravanserais of old, where Silk Road brokers could rest themselves and their camels, and also offer their merchandise. The luxurious roofs and maze like format still behold once more to the past. The inconceivable number of stalls (more than 4,000 of them, in more than 60 avenues) offers traditional crafts to the visitors. The complex likewise contains two mosques, money exchange offices, a police headquarters, bistros and a information desk. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 09:00-19:00 Misir Çarşisi (Egyptian or Spice Market) This L-formed bazaar, confronting the Golden Horn, was inherent the seventeenth century as an expansion to Yeni Cami (New Mosque), and financed by the cash paid as obligation on Egyptian merchandise. Originally famous around the world for its fascinating flavors and oils from the Orient, nowadays it additionally offers dried products of the soil, caviar and Turkish delight, and a plenty of souvenirs with lower price than the ones sold in Grand Bazaar. Its neighboring streets are the heart of the commercial life with nearby craftspeople, dealers and extraordinary varieties of cheeses and olives. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 08:00-19:00 Suleymaniye Mosque If you want to make an unforgettable experience during your Istanbul trip, you shouldn’t miss to chance visit fascinating Suleymaniye Mosque. It is not that popular as expected, but I think the Mosque is one of the most impressing place to see. Lots of people think that is the largest mosque in Istanbul but it is not right, actually, it is described as the grandest and most beautiful one. Complex is located in Süleymaniye (recently calls Eminönü), on the Third Hill of Istanbul. This spectacular Ottoman imperial mosque ordered by the Süleyman the Magnificent who was the 10th and longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It was built by famous architect Mimar Sinan in 1558. The Mosque contains a library, a soup kitchen, an amazing courtyard, the tombs of Mimar Sinan, Süleyman and his wife Roxelana who was born as Hürrem Haseki in the Ukraine. After Süleyman’s death, she surprisingly became more powerful than him. It is the largest mosque in Istanbul, and the crowning achievement of Mimar Sinan, whose tomb is in a lovely garden next door. Set atop a hill in the middle of the old town, the mosque and its four minarets are visible from all over the city. Apart from the praying hall (camii) and courtyard (avlu), the complex also included four Koran schools (medrese), bath houses (hamam) which is open to the public, a hospital, a caravanserai and a public kitchen. You can give a little breaks at Kervansaray during your visit. Tourists line up of the Süleymaniye Mosque is less than the Blue Mosque. Both are worth-seeing, but the Süleymaniye Mosque offers the more enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this place for Ottoman history and architecture wonderers . Open: daily from 09.00 am – 05.30 pm During prayer time visitors are often not allowed in for a short while. The entrance is free, donations are accepted. Rustem Pasha Mosque The Rustem Pasa Mosque is a must-see place in Istanbul according to many travel lovers and me. Because it is one of the largest and nicest mosques, can be seen in the city. The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is located in an old and busy market area of Eminönü neighborhood, by the Golden Horn. The entrance is located on a narrow street above the Spice Bazaar. A sprial staircase will take you from the street to the terrace entrance of the mosque. You have to walk the road near the Egyptian Market. It is at the right side while you are looking the main entrance of the Market and the sea is just behind you. Turn right near the second gate (Hasircilar Kapisi) of Market Rustem Pasa Mosque was built in 1561 and completed in 1563 by the grand master architect Mimar Sinan for Rustem Pasa. Mimar Sinan built hundreds of buildings and mosques during the Ottoman era including Suleymaniye Camii. He is considered the greatest of all Ottoman architects and his magnificent buildings will surely leave a lasting impression on you. The mosque has a single minaret and a dome that rests on 4 semi-domes.The Rüstem Pasha mosque is one of the most premium and admiring Ottoman mosques in Istanbul, even though it has a small size. The Rüstem Paşa is famed for its magnificent use of Iznik tiles of the 16th century, you will be amazed for the first second you see it. These fascinating tiles are still keep surviving in a good shape and cover entire walls and columns. I think these tiles are making this mosque hauntingly beautiful with its vivid colors and symmetric designs, also its colorful windows shows them in the best possible light. I highly recommend this place for both history and architecture lovers. It is definitely worth a visit! Have fun! Open daily, closed during prayer times. Please respect mosque protocol. No admission fee READ MORE