The Blue Mosque – the name captures the tranquil elegance of one of Istanbul’s most exquisite sights. As one of the prime examples of the classic Ottoman architecture, the Blue Mosque is emblematic of Istanbul’s history, and without a doubt, one of its must-visit destinations. The Hotel Büyük Keban located in the central Old City just a stone’s throw from all of Istanbul’s most historic and remarkable destinations, including the Blue Mosque.
The Blue Mosque: Ottoman Majesty and Splendor in the Tradition of Mimar Sinan
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known in Turkish as the Sultanahmet Camii, was built from 1609 to 1616, during the reign of the great Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. Its architect, Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, was a student of the famed architect Mimar Sinan, the grandfather of the Ottoman style, whose most famous work is the nearby Süleymaniye Mosque. For the Blue Mosque, Mehmed Ağa synthesized the crowning ideas of his master into his masterpiece – which is often referred to as Blue Mosque for the delicate tiles of cerulean blue adorning the walls of its interior.
In recent history, the Blue Mosque was the stage for an important symbol of interfaith cooperation and religious tolerance. Pope Benedict XVI visited the Blue Mosque on his visit to Turkey in 2006. The Catholic Pontiff held a silent meditation and prayer within the mosque’s central rotunda, side-by-side with the head imam of the mosque and one of the city’s top Muslim religious leaders, the Mufti of Istanbul.
Comfort and Convenience in a Central Location
The Hotel Büyük Keban is proud to be a three-star hotel offering four-star hospitality and services at rates to fit nearly any budget. Our hotel is the ideal spot for leisure travelers and business travelers looking to experience all the best that this amazing city has to offer, without breaking the bank. For more than three decades, the Hotel Büyük Keban has been pleased to welcome visitors from around the globe to our remarkable city. We have recently renovated for your comfort, to better serve you.
On-site Spa and Game Room Perfect for a Relaxing Evening
We think you’ll love our new and improved hotel spa. We offer a traditional Turkish bath, sauna, and jacuzzi. After a long day of adventures across the city, consider treating yourself to a massage for the ultimate in deep relaxation. For a relaxing tea, coffee, or cocktail, visit our 24-hour bar. If you are in the mood for a comfy reading nook or a convivial atmosphere with friends or companions, our casual Game Room offers billiards, table tennis, and lounging couches – an ideal place to relax and unwind throughout the evening.
Easy-to-reach destination in Central Istanbul
The Hotel Büyük Keban is easily reachable by either public transportation or taxi from both Istanbul airports. Our location in the very center of the city, just a stone’s throw from the opulent beauty of the Blue Mosque, cannot be beat. At the Hotel Büyük Keban, you can enjoy modern conveniences and comfort, while the charm and culture of Old Istanbul lay just outside our door. To find out more about our hotel or book your stay, contact us today!