The Sultanahmet, or Blue Mosque, is one of Istanbul’s most beautiful and dramatic sights. Its tranquil elegance stands as one of the city’s defining landmarks and it is visited by thousands of travelers each year who come to pray in its holy interior, marvel at its architecture, or just gaze upon its beauty. And with good reason. As one of the prime examples of the classic Ottoman architecture, the Blue Mosque stands as an example of Istanbul’s history and is truly one of its must-visit destinations. Travelers looking to stay nearby will appreciate the affordable and comfortable Hotel Büyük Keban, located just nearby in the central Old City that is home to all of Istanbul’s most historic and remarkable destinations, including the Blue Mosque.
Ottoman Architecture at its Finest
The Sultanahmet, known in Turkish as the Sultanahmet Camii, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of the great Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, its architect, studied under the famed architect Mimar Sinan, the grandfather of the Ottoman style, whose most famous work is the nearby Süleymaniye Mosque. The Blue Mosque became Mehmed Ağa’s masterpiece, and in it he synthesized the elements of his master’s work. The Sultanahmet’s perhaps most unique element is held in the countless delicate tiles of cerulean blue adorning the walls of its interior, from which its nickname of “Blue Mosque” is derived.
Convenient, Comfortable, and Central
For over forty years, the Hotel Büyük Keban has been serving travelers from around the world. We are 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. We have recently completed a renovation of our entire hotel to better serve you.
Numerous Amenities for a Nice Price
This is Turkey, after all, and so naturally we offer a traditional Turkish bath, sauna, and jacuzzi! After a long day of adventures across the city, treat 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 chilled-out atmosphere with friends or companions, our casual Game Room offers billiards, table tennis, and lounging couches - perfect for relaxing and unwinding throughout the evening.
Come Stay with Us in Central Istanbul
The Hotel Büyük Keban is extremely easy to reach 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 take advantage of all the best of modernity - comfort and convenience - all the while enjoying the charm and culture of historic Istanbul nearby. To find out more about our hotel or book your stay, contact us today!