Best Western Empire Palace Hotel Sultanahmet Istanbul
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    BW Empire Palace Hotel
    This is the true spirit of Istanbul- welcoming and pleasing! No matter if for a business trip or a family holiday, the loveliest and most convenient place to stay is this S-Class Hotel. Built in the 17th century, Best Western Empire Palace is an old Ottoman house set 400 meters away from the domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque. The Boutique hotel offers comfort and pleasure for all kinds of travelers.
    The Grand Bazaar, is probably the largest market of its kind in the world, It was originally founded by Mehmet II in 1461.The bazaar was enlarged during the reign of Suleyman I in 1701.A small city in itself.There are more than 3500 shops of various kinds, storehouses, workshops, stalls, hans, restaurants, lunch counters, cafes and tea houses, mosques, mescid and fountains. There are a total of 65 streets totaling 30.702 m˛, altogether employing more than 20.000 people.
    Members of the same trade set up their shops in the same area, still reflecting in the names of the street's tassel makers, cobblers, purse makers, belt makers, skullcap makers and so on. Today these divisions are less clear but they still remain in principle.
    The grid is centered on the Old Bedesten, one of the original structure surviving from the time of Mehmet II. It was used to house the most precious wares, for it can be securely locked and guarded at night. There is another building of similar type known as the Sandal Bedesten, a lofty hall covered with twenty domes supported on twelve great stone piers.

    It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, Hatice Turhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul's second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside Yeni Cami. The structure was restored in 1943. There are eighty eight vaulted shops in all, along with a tiny mosque at the inner corner of the L.
    The structure of the building is dressed stone with alternating brick courses, fine examples of Ottoman Architecture.
    Merchants selling various herbs and spices such as saffron, mustard, mint, thyme, cinnamon, aniseed, garlic, Indian tea, honey, apple tea, henna, jujube, eucalyptus, mahlep, cloves ,etc can be seen throught.

    Phone : 0090 212 514 54 00
    Fax : 0090 212 514 54 10
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    Adress : Hocapasa Mah. Hudavendigar Cad. No:19 / Sirkeci - Sultanahmet / Istanbul, TURKEY
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