If you are looking for a great hotel to hang your hat while staying in Istanbul, look no further. The Hotel Büyük Keban is located in the very heart of the city, on the European side of the Bosphorus, and is within walking distance of many of Istanbul’s countless must-see attractions. For over forty years, we have been a quality, affordable hotel option for business and leisure travelers.
By Foot to the Best of Byzantium: Amazing Location in Central Istanbul
With our convenient-to-reach location near both metro and tram stops, it’s easy to arrive at the hotel from any of Istanbul’s airports, train stations and ports. Of course, once in the neighborhood, getting around could not be easier. A good pair of walking shoes is all you need here – there is so much to explore in the Old City on Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula!
Just 50 meters out the door is the beautiful and world-renowned Şehzade Camii mosque, and the hotel is surrounded by a bustling textile and shopping district. Nearby you can marvel at an astonishing feat of engineering – the Yerebatan Sarnıcı Basilica Cistern – built nearly fifteen centuries ago by Emperor Justinian to meet the city’s water needs, and be amazed at the byzantine maze of markets within the Great Bazaar.
The not-to-be-missed Topkapı Palace, which the Ottoman Sultans called home for nearly half a millenium, is a short jaunt away. Just another few hundred meters on south towards the water is the exquisite cerulean-tiled Sultan Ahmed Mosque, as is the Hagia Sophia, the patriarchal basilica turned Roman Catholic cathedral turned mosque turned museum, with its stunningly distinctive minarets. The iconic Hagia Sophia is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, and its remarkable construction is said to have changed the history of architecture. For nearly 500 years, it was the principal mosque of Istanbul and served as a model for many other mosques.
Discover Istanbul’s Incredible Cultural Heritage with Museums on the Historical Peninsula
Istanbul, the only city in the world that straddles two continents, exhibits a wealth of cultural treasures that no other metropolis can claim. The city has served as home to not one, not two, but four great empires – the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire; it was a bastion of Christianity as well as a stronghold of Islam during the last Ottoman caliphate; and it has held a uniquely significant role as a crossroads for trade, from the Silk Road to the apogee of Meditteranean-Black Sea commerce to today’s economic dominance of the region and booming commerce with the European Union.
The city’s wealth of museums pay tribute to its astonishingly rich cultural heritage. The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Calligraphy Museum, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Hagia Sophia Museum, the Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Rezan Has Museum are just a few of the numerous highlights on Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula.
The Hotel Büyük Keban is an ideal base from which to discover all of Istanbul’s most remarkable gems. Contact us today to book your stay with us.