The Bosphorus has regained its colour with the arrival of spring
The Judas tree (named in Turkish as Erguvan) has started to come back to life in Istanbul. It is an indefinable experience to see the Bosphorus shore adorned by the blossom of the Judas tree.
The Judas tree represents stability, power and the colour of empire. Traditionally only the royals wear the colour of the Judas tree, because this colour is rare and hard to produce naturally. The story says that after one of Jesus Christ’s apostles betrayed him, he hung himself on the tree that then took the name: Judas.
Last call for Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Airport has launched this month officially. Istanbul Airport is equipped with high technology to provide a service beyond expectation for its guests.
The airport with 200 million guest capacity yearly is the largest airport in Europe. It provides an opportunity to fly to more than 300 destinations.
Hagia Sophia Mansions invite you for a journey through time
Sogukcesme Street (literally Cold Fountain) is named after the fountain built around 1800’s by III. Selim, and is hidden between Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace from you to discover. The Street which has been living under the shadow of Topkapi Palace fascinates visitors with its historical beauty.
Houses with bay window have become the symbol of the Street. Each Ottoman style house in this Street is named after the flower shrubs next to them as it was in the past. Houses;
- Orchid Mansion
- Rose Mansion
- Lavender Mansion
- Daisy Mansion
- Viola Mansion
- Hyacinth Mansion
- Carnation Mansion, provide an enchanting urban retreat in a street with cobblestone.
The Magic of "Yesil Ev"
Yesil Ev is located between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Yesil Ev represents the attitude of 19th century Ottomans and draws attention with its decorative pool and the trees in the garden for which it was awarded a silver medal by Europa Nostra.
Yesil Ev is the combination of contemporary design and grace. It is the life-style in the city never sleeps. Yesil Garden Restaurant in Yesil Ev is the hottest spot, serving premium hookahs and delicious dishes which guests can enjoy in the heart of the Sultanahmet Square.
Elegant rooms offer its guest comfortable accommodation. Each room has unique carefully selected decoration. Hagia Sophia Suite, Junior Suite, Superior Room and Hurrem Sultan Suite is awaiting his guest to give unforgettable moment as a gift.
Yesil Ev, a great suggestion for incentive groups’ lunch, has reopened after extensive renovation and invites you to a feast.
A date with history
1500 years old Cistern offers extraordinary experience for the visitors. The Cistern invites you to feast of taste. On one hand you taste different delicious dishes; on the other hand you satisfy your soul with elaborated architecture.
The Cistern Restaurant has been renovated recently and opens its doors to its guests.
Accessibility to Historical Site
Hagia Sophia Mansions, Yesil Ev and the Cistern Restaurant are located at Historical Sultanahmet area. They all give an opportunity to reach Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and more within a 5 minute walk. The Sultanahmet area which contains even more places to visit is the area of choice for both incentive groups and individuals. Besides, there are many restaurants which have special recipes of Ottoman cuisine - notably the Deraliye Restaurant and Matbah Restaurant are said to be the best places to enjoy Ottoman cuisine.