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Located in the centre of the Old World, Istanbul is one of the world's greatest cities famous for its historical monuments and magnificent scenic beauty.  The historic city is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.  Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul offers holiday apartments ideally located  for exploring the city.

Having served as the capital of four great empires, the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires, and ruled the world for more than 1,600 years, Istanbul is today a city of distinction that is home to exquisite palaces and imperial mosques which serve as significant landmarks of the city. Read more about what to visit in Istanbul during your stay.

Dolmabahce Palace, (Dolmabahçe Sarayı)

Dolmabahce Palace is situated on the European coastline of the Bosphorus straight within the Besiktas area of Istanbul. It was used as an administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire for over 60 years.  People can enjoy breath taking scenery of the palace which is the largest in the whole country.

The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

Built in the 17th Century, the building was named the Blue Mosque by visitors who stood in awe of the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine; in which the capacious internal spaces light up to symbolize the eternity of the soul.

Topkapi Palace

Home to the imperial treasury that tells of the splendour of the Ottomans, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelain, holy relics, the Sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are also on exhibit in the palace.

The Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya)

The ‘Shrine of Holy Wisdom’, a former Greek basilica built in the 6th Century, is an architectural innovation which was converted to a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city.·         The ‘Shrine of Holy Wisdom’, a former Greek basilica built in the 6th Century, is an architectural innovation which was converted to a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city.

Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı)

The Basilica Cistern, also known as the ‘Sunken Palace’, is a truly authentic place made of 336 columns in Corinthian style, with an underground waterway that was used as a reservoir for water storage for the Great Palace and other buildings.

Hippodrome

A centre for sports and entertainment in the ancient city of Constantinople, the Roman capital; as well as being an important centre for politics, as sports and politics were so closely connected during these times.

Taksim Square

Taksim Square within the European part of Istanbul is a busy leisure and tourist hub filled with restaurants, hotel chains and various shops. 

Caddebostan

Pubs and entertainment spots line the streets of Caddebostan “barlar sokağı” and Kadife Street, both in the Kadıköy district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Nişantaşı

Based on the European side of the city, Nisantasi has one of the most upmarket residential and lively shopping areas in the whole country.

Ortaköy

On the European side of the city, night clubs are spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.

Nevizade

On the European side of the city, night clubs are spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.

Anjelique

Located on the shore of Bosphorus, the three-storey trendy and dynamic mansion offers a good view and good music served along with a wide variety of food and cocktails.

Blackk

A Resto-lounge, Club and Levendiz Greek Tavern, a single entertainment spot that seeks to uplift you in three thematic ways. 

Reina

Offering several bars, restaurants and dance floors, the pearl of the entertainment world has played host to international stars with its exclusive entertainment concept.

Sortie

An elite ambience accompanied by a picturesque view of the Bosphorus, the place entertains with six restaurants and three bars.

Suada

Located on an island,  Suada is one of the most prestigious venues in Istanbul for glamorous events, featuring a pool, a night club and six restaurants offering seafood, kebap and Western fare.

360

Located in a penthouse with 360 degrees view to the fascinating Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara, the club expresses itself with four elements: cuisine, design, entertainment and atmosphere.

Princes Islands

The mini archipelago of nine islands named after Byzantine Emperor Justin II lies about 10 miles south of the Golden Horn and contains fresh air and greenery missing in mainland Istanbul as well as beaches, walking trails, shuttered Greek monasteries, and exquisite Ottoman summer houses.

Istanbul Aquarium

One of the biggest Zoo’s in Turkey is located on the Asian side about 60kms from the city centre, the zoo has approximately 3000 species of animals and birds is spread over 20,000 sqm.

Darica Zoo

One of the biggest Zoo’s in Turkey is located on the Asian side about 60kms from the city centre, the zoo has approximately 3000 species of animals and birds is spread over 20,000 sqm.

Turkuazoo Aquarium

Covering an area in excess of 8,000 sqm with 20,000 sea creatures, Turkuazoo features an 80m long underwater tunnel that offers a 270 degree panoramic view of marine life, similar to that of taking a walk on the ocean floor bed.

Camlica Hill

Split into two hills – Big Camlica and Little Camlica, the hill is well-loved for its superb sunset views and is a popular venue for picnics and barbeques.

Belgrade Forest

Measuring 5,500 hectares of forest and home to many plan, bird and animal species, the forest is a great place for jogging and hiking, and simply tree-watching.

Grand Bazaar

One of the largest covered bazaars in the world, the bazaar has 60 streets that contain no less than 5000 shops, 60 restaurants, 18 fountains, 12 mosques, and even a school.

Cevahir Shopping Mall

The Cevahir Shopping Mall, based in the Sisli district of the city, is a contemporary shopping centre within Büyükdere Avenue in Istanbul.  Opening in late 2005, the mall is known to be one of the largest in the world and was the biggest in Europe up until 2011. 

Akmerkez

Located in the elite neighbourhood of the Beşiktaş district, the four-storey mall with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters of shopping. 

Istinye Park

Spread out over an area of 242,000 sqm, the shopping centre offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment centre of 1,500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D

Kanyon

As a four-storey shopping centre located in the financial district of Levent, the 37,500 sqm shopping centre has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls.

City’s

Situated within the Şişli district, City’s is a lifestyle centre that offers a variety of  stores, cafes, restaurants and 24 hour six-storey parking service necessary for the populous area.

Nişantaşı

Based on the European side of the city, Nisantasi has one of the most upmarket residential and lively shopping areas in the whole country.

Abdi İpekçi Street

The most expensive and classy street with prominent Turkish brands as well as world-known luxury retail stores such as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, DKNY and many more.

Bağdat Caddesi

On the Asian side of the city and roughly parallel to the shore of the Marmara Sea, Bağdat Avenue offer shopping exuberance, international dining, local cuisines, pubs and cafes in this 14 km long high street.

Zorlu Centre

The newest mall in the city offers 105,000 sqm of shopping, dining and entertainment that appeal to both locals and well-travelled shoppers. 

Istanbul Modern Museum

The first private museum in Turkey to exhibit modern and contemporary art collections and was founded in 2004.

The Archaeological Museum

The museum proudly displays more than 60,000 Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Anatolian antiquities.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

The first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of transportation, industry and communications.

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

The historical mansion and new gallery host national and foreign exhibitions.

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  • Dolmabahce Palace, (Dolmabahçe Sarayı)

    Dolmabahce Palace is situated on the European coastline of the Bosphorus straight within the Besiktas area of Istanbul. It was used as an administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire for over 60 years.  People can enjoy breath taking scenery of the palace which is the largest in the whole country. Read More

    Distance from Hotel: 3.3 km 43 mins Not Available 6 mins
  • The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

    Built in the 17th Century, the building was named the Blue Mosque by visitors who stood in awe of the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine; in which the capacious internal spaces light up to symbolize the eternity of the soul.

    Distance from Hotel: 7.1 km 1 h 30 mins Not Available 17 mins
  • Topkapi Palace

    Home to the imperial treasury that tells of the splendour of the Ottomans, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelain, holy relics, the Sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are also on exhibit in the palace.

    Distance from Hotel: 7.3 km 1 h 33 mins Not Available 14 mins
  • The Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya)

    The ‘Shrine of Holy Wisdom’, a former Greek basilica built in the 6th Century, is an architectural innovation which was converted to a mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city.

    Distance from Hotel: 6.8 km 1 h 26 mins Not Available 19 mins
  • Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı)

    The Basilica Cistern, also known as the ‘Sunken Palace’, is a truly authentic place made of 336 columns in Corinthian style, with an underground waterway that was used as a reservoir for water storage for the Great Palace and other buildings.

    Distance from Hotel: 6.8 km 1 h 27 mins Not Available 16 mins
  • Hippodrome

    A centre for sports and entertainment in the ancient city of Constantinople, the Roman capital; as well as being an important centre for politics, as sports and politics were so closely connected during these times.

    Distance from Hotel: 7.4 km 1 h 33 mins Not Available 18 mins
  • Caddebostan

    Pubs and entertainment spots line the streets of Caddebostan “barlar sokağı” and Kadife Street, both in the Kadıköy district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

    Distance from Hotel: 13.7 km 2 h 53 mins Not Available 26 mins
  • Nişantaşı

    Based on the European side of the city, Nisantasi has one of the most upmarket residential and lively shopping areas in the whole country. Within Osmanbey, Rumeli is one of the busiest streets with endless luxurious shops, department stores and boutiques.  Read More

    Distance from Hotel: 1.7 km 34 mins Not Available 7 mins
  • Ortaköy

    On the European side of the city, night clubs are spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.

    Distance from Hotel: 3 km 41 mins Not Available 9 mins
  • Nevizade

    On the European side of the city, night clubs are spread out over Nişantaşı in the Şişli district, Ortaköy in the Beşiktaş district or Taksim, Istiklal Street and Nevizade in the Beyoğlu district.

    Distance from Hotel: 3.5 km 48 mins Not Available 8 mins
  • Anjelique

    Located on the shore of Bosphorus, the three-storey trendy and dynamic mansion offers a good view and good music served along with a wide variety of food and cocktails.

    Distance from Hotel: 5.1 km 1 h 5 mins Not Available 11 mins
  • Blackk

    A Resto-lounge, Club and Levendiz Greek Tavern, a single entertainment spot that seeks to uplift you in three thematic ways. 

    Distance from Hotel: 5.7 km 1 h 13 mins Not Available 12 mins
  • Reina

    Offering several bars, restaurants and dance floors, the pearl of the entertainment world has played host to international stars with its exclusive entertainment concept.

    Distance from Hotel: 5.8 km 1 h 15 mins Not Available 12 mins
  • Sortie

    An elite ambience accompanied by a picturesque view of the Bosphorus, the place entertains with six restaurants and three bars.

    Distance from Hotel: 6.2 km 1 h 20 mins Not Available 13 mins
  • Suada

    Located on an island,  Suada is one of the most prestigious venues in Istanbul for glamorous events, featuring a pool, a night club and six restaurants offering seafood, kebap and Western fare.

    Distance from Hotel: 7.1 km 1 h 31 mins Not Available 14 mins
  • 360

    Located in a penthouse with 360 degrees view to the fascinating Bosphorus, Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara, the club expresses itself with four elements: cuisine, design, entertainment and atmosphere.

    Distance from Hotel: 3.8 km 51 mins Not Available 11 min
  • Istanbul Modern Museum

    The first private museum in Turkey to exhibit modern and contemporary art collections and was founded in 2004.

    Distance from Hotel: 4.1 km 54 mins Not Available 9 mins
  • The Archaeological Museum

    The museum proudly displays more than 60,000 Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Anatolian antiquities.

    Distance from Hotel: 6.8 km 1 h 26 mins Not Available 15 mins
  • Rahmi M. Koç Museum

    The first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of transportation, industry and communications.

    Distance from Hotel: 3.8 km 49 mins Not Available 11 mins
  • Sakıp Sabancı Museum

    The historical mansion and new gallery host national and foreign exhibitions.

    Distance from Hotel: 10.1 km 2 h 13 mins Not Available 17 mins
  • Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar within Istanbul is one of the oldest and busiest markets in the world.  It attracts the region of 300,000 people every day, visiting over 2500 shops.  Read More

    Distance from Hotel: 6.6 km 1 h 25 mins Not Available 15 mins
  • Akmerkez

    Located in the elite neighbourhood of the Beşiktaş district, the four-storey mall with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters of shopping. 

    Distance from Hotel: 6.3 km 1 h 28 mins Not Available 11 mins
  • Kanyon

    As a four-storey shopping centre located in the financial district of Levent, the 37,500 sqm shopping centre has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls.

    Distance from Hotel: 5 km 1 h 11 mins Not Available 8 mins
  • City’s

    Situated within the Şişli district, City’s is a lifestyle centre that offers a variety of  stores, cafes, restaurants and 24 hour six-storey parking service necessary for the populous area.

    Distance from Hotel: 1.8 km 27 mins Not Available 8 mins
  • Nişantaşı

    Based on the European side of the city, Nisantasi has one of the most upmarket residential and lively shopping areas in the whole country. Within Osmanbey, Rumeli is one of the busiest streets with endless luxurious shops, department stores and boutiques.  European inspired bars, restaurants and night clubs are popular with tourists and locals alike within Rumeli Street too.  Read More

    Distance from Hotel: 1.7 km 34 mins Not Available 7 mins
  • Abdi İpekçi

    The most expensive and classy street with prominent Turkish brands as well as world-known luxury retail stores such as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, DKNY and many more.

    Distance from Hotel: 1.8 km 25 mins Not Available 8 mins
  • Bağdat Caddesi

    On the Asian side of the city and roughly parallel to the shore of the Marmara Sea, Bağdat Avenue offer shopping exuberance, international dining, local cuisines, pubs and cafes in this 14 km long high street.

    Distance from Hotel: 16.9 km 3 h 32 mins Not Available 26 mins
  • Zorlu Centre

    The newest mall in the city offers 105,000 sqm of shopping, dining and entertainment that appeal to both locals and well-travelled shoppers. 

    Distance from Hotel: 6.2 km 1 h 26 mins Not Available 8 mins
  • Istinye Park

    Spread out over an area of 242,000 sqm, the shopping centre offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment centre of 1,500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D

    Distance from Hotel: 10 km 2 h 17 mins Not Available 19 mins
  • Istanbul Aquarium

    One of the biggest Zoo’s in Turkey is located on the Asian side about 60kms from the city centre, the zoo has approximately 3000 species of animals and birds is spread over 20,000 sqm.

    Distance from Hotel: 21.7 km 4 h 31 mins Not Available 29 mins
  • Darica Zoo

    One of the biggest Zoo’s in Turkey is located on the Asian side about 60kms from the city centre, the zoo has approximately 3000 species of animals and birds is spread over 20,000 sqm.

    Distance from Hotel: 48.4 km 10 h 7 mins Not Available 47 mins
  • Turkuazoo Aquarium

    Covering an area in excess of 8,000 sqm with 20,000 sea creatures, Turkuazoo features an 80m long underwater tunnel that offers a 270 degree panoramic view of marine life, similar to that of taking a walk on the ocean floor bed.

    Distance from Hotel: 9.2 km 2 h 5 mins Not Available 15 mins
  • Camlica Hill

    Split into two hills – Big Camlica and Little Camlica, the hill is well-loved for its superb sunset views and is a popular venue for picnics and barbeques.

    Distance from Hotel: 9.3 km 2 h 1 min Not Available 17 mins
  • Belgrade Forest

    Measuring 5,500 hectares of forest and home to many plan, bird and animal species, the forest is a great place for jogging and hiking, and simply tree-watching.

    Distance from Hotel: 20.6 km 4 h 34 mins Not Available 32 mins
  • Princes Islands

    The mini archipelago of nine islands named after Byzantine Emperor Justin II lies about 10 miles south of the Golden Horn and contains fresh air and greenery missing in mainland Istanbul as well as beaches, walking trails, shuttered Greek monasteries, and exquisite Ottoman summer houses.

    Distance from Hotel: 29.1 km 5 h 37 mins Not Available 2 h 41 mins