Rixos Pera is situated at a very special location in the Beyoglu district, the cultural and artistic heart and soul of Istanbul, within a walking distance from the Taksim Square, one of the best-known centres in Istanbul. With restaurants, stores, cafeterias, entertainment and cultural venues in the vicinity, the area is one of the largest tourist attractions in Istanbul with its cosmopolitan characteristics and the historical richness imbued in every stone. For those looking for a downtown hotel at the city centre for a holiday or business trip, Rixos Pera is the right address offering a convenient and luxurious stay and the opportunity to discover one of the most ancient and vivid cities in the world. With a 20 km distance from the Ataturk airport accessible over the E5 highway and at 40 km distance from the Sabiha Gokcen Airport via the Bosporus Bridge, Rixos Pera is also a stone’s throw away from the Demiroren Shopping Mall - an ideal place for shopping. The hotel is also in the vicinity of Nisantasi, the heart of fashion in Istanbul also home to the high-brow shopping centre “City's”. All these and more render Rixos Pera a very special place ideal for your business travels close to the Convention Valley and other convention centres in the heart of the business world.
Beyoglu is a centre of culture, art, business and entertainment featuring venues and historical destinations definitely worth seeing. In recent decades, Beyoglu has also become an internationally renowned cultural and commercial centre. During your stay at Rixos Pera, you can witness the history simply by walking down the streets and riding the nostalgic tramway along the Istiklal Street. You can also try prominent tastes from the world cuisines at a number of luxurious and decent restaurants in the vicinity and discover the Flower Passage or the Fish Market at Nevizade. Descending the stairs of the French Street, you can find unique little bistros and pubs and have a chat with local people. The tunnel, which is the second oldest subway in Europe, will connect you to Karakoy, an area is prominent for its historical and architectural tissue incorporating various museums and historical structures.
One of the oldest towers in the world, the Galata Tower is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Istanbul offering a perfect view of the Golden Horn and Bosporus. Built by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius, the Galata Tower witnessed the very first human flight in history attempted by Hazarfen Ahmet Chelebi during the 17th century who took off from the Galata Tower and crossed the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar on the Asian side.
Maiden's Tower is another remarkable symbol of Istanbul. Dating back to the medieval times, the tower has witnessed the history of Istanbul from the sea. More than 2500 years old, the Maiden's Tower is built on rocks first mentioned in manuscripts remaining from 410 B.C. One of the very first destinations worth seeing in Istanbul and home of many legends, the Maiden's Tower attracts numerous tourists every day with its enticing atmosphere and spectacular landscape.
One of the prominent Catholic churches in Istanbul, the Saint Antoine Church is on Istiklal Street is also in Beyoglu district. Constructed in 1906 by Giulio Mongeri, an Italian architect born in Istanbul, the church was opened for worship in 1912. Currently under the administration of Italian clergymen, the Saint Antoine Catholic Church is visited by millions of people every year.
One of the most famous architectural works of the Turkish and Islamic world, the Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Mosque is a venue never to be missed during your stay at Rixos Pera. The Blue Mosque was constructed by the architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga upon demand of Sultan Ahmet I in the 17th century and it is one of the rare mosques to come with six minarets instead of four in its original design.
Visited by millions of people every year, the St. Sophia Museum is a world-class architectural wonder in terms of art history and architecture. Originally built as the Hagia Sofia Church, this UNESCO World Heritage site features characteristic aspects of the Byzantine architecture with its magnificent dome. Hagia Sophia, which is the oldest cathedral in the world, was converted to a mosque upon the conquest of Istanbul by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. Hagia Sophia Museum can be visited every day except Mondays.
Step into the magnificent world of the Ottoman Empire through the gates of the Topkapi Palace, one of the most significant palaces from the Ottoman times. Built on the Acropolis where the city was first established by the Romans, the palace has an exquisite landscape overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The Topkapi Palace has been the most important centre for politics, state, diplomacy, education and culture in the Ottoman Empire for ages. This is also where the cloak of the prophet, religious relics and the Spoonmaker's Diamond are kept. The palace is divided in distinctive sections such as the treasury, yard and the harem. Functioning as the home for the Ottoman Sultans and the Ottoman Dynasty, the Topkapi Palace has a mystical architecture with labyrinths and dungeons worth seeing in Istanbul. The Topkapi Palace Museum can be visited every day except Tuesdays.
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most impressive historical buildings in Istanbul with its surreal atmosphere. Surrounded and supported by columns, the cistern has a cross vaulted brick roof. Constructed upon order of the Byzantium Emperor Justinian I in 6th century in order to supply water to the surrounding palaces, the cistern is accessible by 52-step staircases made of stone and has 336 columns of 9 m height. There are two upside-down Medusa heads in the cistern representing the most important works of sculpture in the Roman Era. The Basilica Cistern museum is open between 9:00 and 19:00 every day except for the first day of religious holidays.
The Archaeology Museums of Istanbul were founded by the artist and archaeologist Osman Hamdi Bey and opened under the name of Muze-i Humayun (Empire Museum) in 1891. Situated at the Osman Hamdi Bey hill that connects to Topkapi palace to the Gulhane Park in Sultanahmet, the museum incorporates three different museums including the Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art (in the Tiled Kiosk). Archaeology Museums of Istanbul incorporate different works reminiscent from different civilizations throughout the history and is listed among the top ten museums designed and used as a museum building.
Opening its doors to the people of Istanbul in early June 2005, the Pera Museum is the very first stage of an extensive cultural initiative by the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation aiming to support art and culture at various levels through exhibitions and performances at elegant and distinguished spots throughout the city. The primary sections of the Pera Museum feature the private collections of art patrons Suna and Inan Kirac while the building also comprises multipurpose exhibition halls, an auditorium, the Pera educational room, a reception desk, the Art Shop and the Pera Café on the first floor.
The Istanbul Modern Art Museum is the home of interdisciplinary events aiming to introduce the artistic creativity of Turkish artists to the masses and to present their cultural identity to the international art circles. Istanbul Modern compiles, preserves, documents and exhibits modern and contemporary art works with an international perspective and makes them accessible to art enthusiasts.