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Sumahan on the Water Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey – Literally Right on the Water

Located at the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits, the Sumahan on the Water Hotel in Istanbul is a place where paradise is defined. With amazing views in every bedroom, you can see the beautiful Turkish sunrise to prepare you for a day full of Turkish wonder. The Sumahan on the Water Hotel, a member of Epoque Hotels, is located just outside the village of Cengelkoy. It will only take a 30 minute trip to visit all the touristic wonders such as the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the amazing Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. Afterwards you can return to the Sumahan Hotel to enjoy an unforgettable...
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Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Müzesi), Istanbul

The Archaeology Museum of the 2010 European Capital of Culture is one of the most fascinating museums in the world and definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Istanbul. One of the unique historical objects in this museum is the Alexander Sarcophagus. For years it has been thought that one of the sarcophagi showcased in this museum held the remains of Alexander the Great, the impressive leader who marched from Macedon conquering every land he and his army came across until he invaded India. The so called Alexander Sarcophagus is a late 4th century B.C. stone sarcophagus  decorated with...
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Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata Walk

Courtesy of Bentley Hotel Istanbul, here are some encouraging details about walking through the Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata districts of Istanbul. Galata was, on the north shore of the Golden Horn, a semi-independent colony of the Genoese, an Italian marine-state. In the early centuries under the Ottoman rule, the district became densely populated as the European quarter. Here the foreign merchants had their houses and their shops and here the ambassadors of the European powers built sumptuous embassies. As the time went on the confines of Galata became too narrow and crowded and the embassies...
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