Bringing together continents, hosting many civilizations and serving as the capital for legendary empires throughout history, the mystic city of Istanbul houses Park Dedeman Levent in the heart of business and shopping neighborhood of Levent, providing easy access to arts and culture, entertainment and historical peninsula, to discover the glorious heritage of this delightful city and local lifestyles.
Centrally located, within easy reach of both Ataturk and Sahbiha Gokcen International Airports and both bridges connecting Europe and Asia, Park Dedeman Levent is standing right next to the Levent Subway Station and within walking distance to other public transportation alternatives. For those who want to feel the city with all aspects, hotel’s prominent location offers a unique opportunity beyond comparison in the heart of Levent, also home to the well-known shopping malls such as Kanyon, Ozdilek, Metrocity and Zorlu Center, famous restaurants and Zorlu Performing Arts Center hosting world renown shows and concerts. Park Dedeman Levent is only a few kilometers from the independent art galleries, museums, historical remains and monuments reflecting the cosmopolitan structure of the city in Taksim and Cihangir, luxury and design boutiques of Nisantasi, magnificent Bosphorus neighborhoods of Ortakoy and Bebek, and the center of city’s cultural heritage Sultanahmet neighborhood. The hotel is also a ferry ride away with iconic steamboats on the Bosphorus to Kadikoy, Bagdat Avenue and Kalamis, the popular neighborhoods on the Asian part of the city.
Emperor Justinian inaugurated theHagia Sophia Cathedral in 537 C.E. Designed by Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles, at the time of its construction, it was the most impressive building in the world and remained the crowning achievement of the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years. Following the conquest of Istanbul, it was converted into a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century, and over the centuries that followed, minarets, tombs, and fountains were added. The huge 56-mt (183-foot) high dome, which was designed to represent the heavens, has made this an architectural marvel for centuries, but equally impressive are Hagia Sophia’s well-preserved Byzantine mosaics.
Long gone are the days when the caravans of traders on the famous Silk Road would stop to rest themselves and their camels at the Grand Bazaar; however, the structure and layout, including the ornate ceilings, remain virtually unchanged since the bazaar was built in 1493. Explore its labyrinthine corridors and marvel at the sheer number of shops, reputed to exceed 4,000 (though no one is certain), or sit down and enjoy the scene over a steaming glass of Turkish tea.
Built facing the Golden Horn, this 17th century market was originally an extension of the New Mosque and financed by a tax paid on the sale of Egyptian goods. Sought after for its exotic spices and oils from the Orient, today dried fruits, caviar, and Turkish delight are available as well, and at prices generally lower than in the more famous Grand Bazaar. The market is a central hub of commercial activity for the area, while the surrounding streets are full of local craftspeople and traders who offer, in addition to Turkish coffee and spices, a great selection of cheeses and olives.
Opulent domes and balconied minarets soar upwards at the Blue Mosque, one of Istanbul’s most striking landmarks. Built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I (1603-1617), it is Islam's answer to Hagia Sophia, which it faces across a well-tended square. To this day, the Blue Mosque remains the symbol and centre of religious events in the city and is Istanbul's only mosque with six minarets, as opposed to the four of an imperial Ottoman mosque or two of a traditional neighbourhood mosque. The name of the mosque is derived from the wealth of priceless blue Iznik tiles that dominate its interior and decorate the vast central dome designed to lift all eyes heavenward.
Home to the Ottoman sultans and their court for over 300 years, building of the Topkapi Palace was commissioned by Mehmet the Conqueror, the 23-year-old sultan who captured Constantinople in 1453, making it the capital of the Ottoman Empire and rechristening it Istanbul. The palace was constructed between 1459 and 1478 and rapidly grew to become a sprawling complex of elaborate living quarters and administrative offices. The layout of the palace consists a series of interconnected courtyards that progress inwards, becoming increasingly more secluded and private.
This three-km-long (1.86 miles) pedestrian avenue is the modern heart of Istanbul, and its most vibrant cultural, dining and nightlife district. Featuring an almost bewildering array of shops and restaurants, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and noteworthy for its beautifully preserved 19th century architecture. It is the perfect place for shopping, a night out on the town, or just a leisurely stroll. The historic tramway, which runs the full length of the avenue, is a fun way to take in the sights if you are pressed for time.