Istanbul ...

"If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital."        - Napoleon Bonaparte

Aerial view of Fatih Peninsula, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of the world's top destinations - and for good reason. Capital of three empires, thousands of years of history, and a stunning setting, make it an exciting and exotic port of call. The secret to getting Istanbul done in a day? Istanbul is very easy to navigate on foot and by tram. It is also a very safe city. The good news is that all of the big sights (Hagia Sohpia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palce, Basillica Cistern, Arasta Bazaar) are in the same area. With just a day, it means you need to prioritize your list and sometimes substitute less crowded sites.

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What's up in Istanbul? The latest off the beaten track - gallery showings and other events going on now.

Where to stay

Just around the corner from Jennifer's Hamam, you'll find the Stanpoli Hotel - a small family run business.  Have your breakfast on the terrace with the view of the Marmara.   Walk just minutes to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi Palace.

Stanpoli Hotel
Breakfast on the terrace of Stanpoli Hotel HostelThe view from the terrace of Stanpoli Hotel
Recommendation for Stanpoli Hotel from "The Art of Living in Turkey" Blog


"Holy Istanbul! Your name is the most enchanting one of all names which enchants me." - Pierre Loti

"All other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist." - Petrus Gyllius

"Istanbul owes its extraordinary situation to Golden Horn, Marmara Sea and The Bosphorus." - Andrea Horn

"Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth."
- Edmondo De Amicis
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