Intrepid travelers from around the world are reawakening to the wonders of Istanbul – the original cosmopolitan city. In fact, if all the buzz of the culinary, musical, cinematic, fashion, and cultural mavens were not enough, in a contest by the independent organization www.europeanbestdestinations.org, Istanbul was recently crowned by European voters as “Europe’s Best Destination” for 2013. If you are planning a trip to this remarkable convergence of cultures, consider staying at the Hotel Büyük Keban – the centrally located, friendly and completely renovated hotel in the heart of the city. While staying with us, make sure to visit the landmark Süleymaniye Mosque – an architectural and historical gem not be missed!
The Magnificent Süleymaniye Mosque: A Must-See for Travelers to Istanbul
Commissioned by Sultan Süleyman (often referred to as Süleyman the Magnificent) and designed by famed chief Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, the mosque was constructed in the mid-1500s and seamlessly combines traditional Byzantine and Islamic elements. Its stunning opulence set the example for the iconic Ottoman architectural style and today, as Istanbul’s largest mosque, the Süleymaniye commands an imposing view over the metropolis that straddles the Strait of Bosphorus.
In her book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, travel writer Patricia Schultz named the Süleymaniye Mosque “the largest and most beautiful imperial mosque” and it made the list as a must-see for any self respecting traveler. Indeed, a visit here can only be described as unforgettable: the sheer size of the Süleymaniye, its infinite and intricate Iznik tilework, the beautiful detailing of its sophisticated sacred inscriptions, and the gleam of its ethereal lanterns make this an unforgettable aesthetic experience. Take a moment to appreciate the majestic archways atop elegant slender marble columns, dappled with rays of sunlight streaming in from the heavens. Amble through the elaborate courtyards and gaze up the elaborately imposing minarets. People of all faiths and denominations are welcome and encouraged to visit – just remember to dress respectfully.
Close to All of Central Istanbul
All the marvelous attractions of Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula are just steps away from the Hotel Büyük Keban – the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Gulhane Park, the Basilica Cistern, and the Beyazit Tower – not to mention the sweeping vistas across the Bosphorus, and amazing culinary treats around every corner.
Relax and Renew in Four-Star Luxury at Reasonable Rates
Following your day exploring the wonders of the Historic Peninsula, come home to relax and rejuvenate in the Hotel Büyük Keban’s in-house spa, complete with jacuzzi, wooden sauna, and authentic Turkish baths. Afterward, kick back with a good book and revel in the comfort of our all-new luxury mattresses and linens, and completely refurbished rooms.
The Hotel Büyük Keban is an ideal place from which to explore the sites and sights of Istanbul. Contact us today to inquire about availability during your Istanbul getaway!