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The Jazz Hotel is located in the most prestigious area of Istanbul, the marvelous Nisantasi district. Furthermore, there are several places to visit nearby, only a few meters away such as the Taksim Square ve Istiklal Avenue and the Muhsin Ertugrul Theatre. Also, the Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 23 km away from the Jazz Hotel.
Address: Halaskargazi Mahallesi, Bahtiyar Sokak (Suleyman Nazif Sokagin devami) No:1 Nişantaşı - Istanbul, 34371, Turkey
The Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, located at the European side of the Bosporus, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a twenty-year interval (1889-1909) in which the Yıldız Palace was used. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey, spent the last days of his medical treatment in the palace as his health deteriorated. Atatürk died at 9:05 a.m. on November 10, 1938, in a bedroom that is now part of the museum. All the clocks in the palace were stopped and set to 9:05 after his death. Although this has changed recently and clocks are set to different times around the palace, the clock in the room where he died is still pointing to 9:05 a.m. The palace is composed of three parts; the Mabeyn-i Hümâyûn (or Selamlık, the quarters reserved for the men), Muayede Salonu (the ceremonial halls) and the Harem-i Hümâyûn (the Harem, the apartments of the family of the Sultan). The palace has an area of 45,000 m2 (11.2 acres), and contains 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths (hamam) and 68 toilets. The famous Crystal Staircase has the shape of a double horseshoe and is built of Baccarat crystal, brass and mahogany. The palace includes a large number of Hereke palace carpets made by the Hereke Imperial Factory. Also featured are 150-year-old bearskin rugs originally presented to the Sultan as a gift by the Tsar of Russia. The palace is managed by Milli Saraylar Daire Başkanlığı (Directorate of National Palaces) responsible to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Dolmabahçe Palace Museum is open to public on weekdays from 9:00 to 15:00, except Mondays and Thursdays.
İstiklal Avenue (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi, French: Grand Rue de Pera, English: Independence Avenue) is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, approximately three kilometers long, which houses exquisite boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theaters, libraries, cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants. The avenue, surrounded by the unique Greek architecture, starts from the medieval Genoese neighbourhood around Galata Tower and ultimately leads up to Taksim Square. The cosmopolitan avenue is surrounded by an array of historical and politically significant buildings, such as the Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage) where small, intimate restaurants and taverns are found; Balık Pazarı (The Fish Market), the Roman Catholic churches of Santa Maria and S. Antonio di Padova, the Greek Orthodox Haghia Triada, the Armenian Church (among many other churches), several synagogues, mosques, academic institutions established by various European nations such as Austria, France, Germany and Italy in the early 19th century, consulates (former embassies before 1923) of several nations including France, Greece, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Istanbul Military Museum (Turkish: Askeri Müze) is dedicated to one thousand years of Turkish military history. It is one of the leading museums of its kind in the world. The museum is open to the public everyday except Mondays and Tuesdays. The museum initially opened in Saint Irene Church. Later in 1950, it was moved to the First Army Headquarters building in Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Harbiye, not far from Taksim Square in Istanbul. Harbiye district (an Ottoman derivation from the Arabic word harb for warfare) was the site of the Ottoman imperial military academy, the empire's "West Point" or "Sandhurst" and is still an important military installation. A fine collection of historical weapons, uniforms and tools of various periods of the army are on display. The highlights are the magnificent campaign tents and standards. Outside the museum, interesting Ottoman cannons and mortars, a rail gun, aircraft, helicopters are on display. The Janissary Band "Mehter Takımı", world’s oldest military band gives concerts of march music in traditional uniforms each afternoon. The Ottomans was the first to use musicians in military campaigns and to integrate music into the life and work of the army. After a town had been conquered, the Mehter preceded the conquering Ottoman commander on a procession through the town, playing slow-cadence marches in exotic minor modes. The boom of kettledrums, invented by the Mehter, the wail of oboes and clash of cymbals, (another Turkish invention) was meant to glorify the conquest and impress upon the populace that they were now part of an entirely different civilization.
Istanbul Modern Art Museum (Turkish: İstanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi), a.k.a İstanbul Modern, is a museum of contemporary art in Istanbul, Turkey, inaugurated on December 11, 2004. The museum, located in a converted warehouse in Tophane district on the Bosphorus, is the first of its kind in Turkey. It is easily reached by tram. Istanbul Modern has exhibitions on two floors. The museum's permanent exhibition, along with the shop and the restaurant, is located on the top floor. Temporary exhibitions are located on the lower floor, along with the cinema and the library. The permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits showcase the work of leading Turkish Painters (List of Turkish painters). The museum also has an extensive library and a restaurant. Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 18.00 Thursday: 10.00 - 20.00 Closed on Mondays. Free Admission on Thursdays
St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral, alternatively known as the Sant'Antonio di Padova Cathedral, S. Antonio di Padova, St. Antoine, or locally as Sent Antuan, is the largest cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on İstiklal Avenue in the Beyoğlu district. Along with the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (1846) in the Harbiye district, St. Louis of the French (1581) and Santa Maria Draperis in Beyoğlu, Sts. Peter and Paul (1841) in Galata, Assumption Church in the Moda quarter of Kadıköy, St. Stephen in Yeşilköy and Bakırköy Church in Bakırköy, it is one of the most important Catholic churches in Istanbul, and among them has the largest community following its masses.
Abdi İpekçi Street (Turkish: Abdi İpekçi Caddesi) is the premier shopping street of İstanbul, Turkey, located in the Şişli district. It stretches from Maçka neighborhood following Bayıldım Caddesi to Vali Konağı Caddesi in Nişantaşı neighborhood and crosses Operatör M. Kemal Öke Caddesi, Bronz Sokak, Atiye Sokak, Teşvikiye Bostanı Sokak, Eytam Caddesi, Altın Sokak and Profesör Doktor Feyzi Feyzioğlu Sokak on its length of around 700 m in northwest direction. During the last decade, the street in the prestigious neighborhood developed to a place hosting luxury retail shopping venues. With monthly lease price of about 00 m², it is currently the most expensive street for retail stores in Turkey. A variety of exclusive and expensive shops offering Turkish and international designer labels, restaurants of international cuisine and cafés are lined up on both sides of the street. Some of the more famous retailers include Hugo Boss, Tod's, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada, Hermes, Gucci, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Chanel, Escada and Burberry together with many local designers that have gained fame abroad as well.