Introducing Pierre Loti Hill, Where is Pierre Loti, How to get Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti Hill is one of the most must-see places in Istanbul. In this post we want to give information about who Pierre Loti was, how to g oto Pierre Loti, Where is Pierre Loti. This hill is named after the French writer. The writer’s name was Julien Viaud but his hospital name (the name given at the time of birth) was Pierre Loti.

Who is Pierre Loti?

Pierre Loti was born in 1850 in Rochefort, France, as the little kid of a Protestant family. At the age of 17, he entered the French Navy. After completing his maritime education, he became a captain in 1881 and was promoted to the colonel in the following years. He had became in the Middle East and Far East. He wrote his experiences and observations during  these journeys later in his boks.

he came to Istanbul as a French officer for the first time in 1876. Loti was influenced by the Ottoman way of life and showed this effect in his many works. He lived in Eyüp when he was in Istanbul. . Pierre Loti, who admired Istanbul, was describing himself as a Turkish friend.

The story of Pierre Loti Hill

Pierre Loti, who came to İstanbul, always went to a coffee shop in Eyüp district in those years. The name of this place with the Golden Horn view was known as Rabia’s Coffee House. She falls in love with the woman she gave her name to his novel  in time. It is also said that a woman with the name of “Aziyade” show this coffee house to him. Loti’s interest in the Turks starts with Aziyade’s history.  That cup is called “Pierre Loti” coffe house and the hill has been called “Pierre Loti Hill” since that day.

 How to  go to Pierre Loti Hill, What is the cost of Transportation for Pierre Loti?

You can get into the cable car in order to reach the Pierre Loti Hill. But we should say that it is very busy on weekends.  Alternatively, you can take a footpath about 500 meters.

You can drive the hill. You can part your car in the neighborhood around Pierre Loti or You can park in Loti’s paid car park. Parking Fee is free for 15 minutes and then it is 7 Turkis Liras for an hour.

Pierre Loti Hill Address and Contact Information:

Address: Pierre Loti Tepesi Touristic Facilities, İdris Köşkü Cad. 34050 Eyüp / İSTANBUL

Phone: +90 (212) 497 13 13

How to get Pierre Loti (Direction):

Pierre Loti Hill is located in Eyüp district of Istanbul. ou can use all public transport to Eyüp, or you can go with your private car.

For those who will go from Europe side of Istanbul

By minibus: You can reach Ayvansaray stop and walk for a short distance

By bus: It is possible to reach Pierre Loti by bus in the shortest way using the following Bus routes.


39 – Akşemsettin Mahallesi – Yenikapı

39B – İmar Blokları-Vezneciler

39D – Yeşilpınar-Yenikapı

39K – Binevler-Yenikapı

390 – Yeşilpınar-Otagar

39Y – Yeşilpınar – Vezneciler      39Ç – Hamidiye Mahallesi- Aksaray

48A – Göktürk – Kazlıçeşme Marmaray

55EY – Eyüp Üçşehitler- Aksaray

86V – Eyüp Sultan – Vezneciler

94Y – Yeşilpınar- Bakırköy

R3 – Eyüp – Beyazıt


For those who will go from East side of Istanbul

By ferry: You can go to Üsküdar from where you are and use Üsküdar-Eyüp ferry to reach Eyüp.

Alternative: Another way is to cross the European side and follow the steps above.

Pierre Loti Hill Breakfast and Tea Costs

Break fast costs Pierre Loti’s Hill are not as expensive as breakfast made in other Bosphorus views of Istanbul. The breakfost cost on Pierre Loti Hill is between 25 TL – 40 TL for one person. The coffee cost is for 7 TL, and tea is for 3,5 TL

Istanbul Weather in November 2017

Istanbul Weather in November 2017

If you have a plan to go to İstanbul in November, you may wonder about weather in Istanbul. As yo know we share important information about Turkey for tourists who plan to go this country. In this post we give information about weather in Istanbul.

Turkey has seven geographical regions one of which is Marmara where Istanbul is in. All regions of the country have four seasons. You can live the seasouns in any region of the country. For Turkey, November is the first winter month. Cold winters are shown themselves every part of Turkey. Weather for Istanbul in November generally is rainy and cold. The temperature is between 5 C and 13 C.

As you see the Picture below, we share the details about Istanbul weather.


After writing about Istanbul weather in November, Let’s have a look at climate in its region. There are three different climate types in the region. Temperate climate is in Black Sea Coast, Mediterranean climate is in Marmara and Aegean Sea coast and the continental climate is visible in the interior. The Marmara climate is seen in the southern part of the Marmara Region, which also includes the northern Aegean. It is generally effective in Balıkesir, Bursa, Çanakkale, Istanbul, Tekirdağ and Yalova cities.





Marmaray Travel Timeline

Marmaray Travel Timeline

You can find travel timeline of Marmaray Tube Gateway which is one of the biggest projects of Turkey history opened on October 29th. We share the first travel times of Marmaray in the morning for different towns. If you do not want to suffer from traffic jam of Istanbul, you can have a look at Marmaray Travel Timeline

Ayrılıkçesme-Kazlıçeşme: 06.00 (first train)

Ayrılıkçeşme-Kazlıçeşme: 00.00 (last train)

Kazlıçeşme- Ayrılıkçeşme: 06.00 (First train)

Kazlıçeşme- Ayrılıkçeşme: 23.40 (last train)

What is the last Marmaray train?

The last train from Ayrılıkçeşme is at 00.00 and from Kazlıçeşme is at 23.40


Where are Marmaray Train Stations?


Halkalı – Mustafakemal – Küçükçekmece       – Florya – Yeşilköy – Yeşilyurt – Ataköy – Bakırköy – Yenimahalle – Zeytinburnu – Kazlıçeşme – Yenikapı – Sirkeci – İstanbul Boğazı
Üsküdar-  İbrahimağa – Söğütlüçeşme – Feneryolu – Göztepe – Erenköy – Suadiye – Bostancı – Küçükyalı – İdealtepe – Süreyya Plajı – Maltepe – Cevizli – Atalar – Başak – Kartal -Yunus – Pendik – Kaynarca – Tersane – Güzelyalı – Aydıntepe – İçmeler- Tuzla – Çayırova- Fatih – Osmangazi – Gebze


Marmaray metro connection

Yenikapı: Metro System (Yenikapı – Taksim – Şişli – 4.Levent – Ayazağa)
Yenikapi: The metro system which is an extension of Yenikapi Ayazağa Metros (Yenikapı – Bağcılar – Mahmutbey – İkitelli)
Yenikapı: (HRS) light rail transportation system (Yenikapı – Otogar – Yenibosna – Atatürk Airport)
Yenikapı: (HRS) light rail transportation system (Yenikapı – Otogar – Bağcılar)
İbrahimağa: (HRS) light rail transportation system (Kadıköy – Kartal)
Üsküdar: (HRS) light rail system (Üsküdar – Ümraniye)
Küçükçekmece: (HRS) light rail transportation system (Bakırköy – Avcılar – Beylikduzu)
Sirkeci: Tram system (Kabatas – Eminönü – Zeytinburnu)





It is constructed between 1550-1557 by Sinan The Architect by the order of Süleyman The Magnifıcent. Mosque is the semiskilled period of Sinan The Architect. It is entered into outer courtyard of the mosque from 10 gates.

Inner courtyard is in the form of rectangle and it has three gates, of which one is in the center and others are in the sides. Inner courtyard is surrounded with cloisters with domes, carried by the columns. There is a rectangular water tank with a fountain in the middle of courtyard. Mosque has four minarets and its two minarets have three minaret balconies and the other two minarets have two minaret balconies.

It is entered into the mosque from three Gates, of which one is from the front and the others are from the sides.

Mosque has a plan, which is close to square, and it is in the sizes of 69 x 68m. Main dome is 53 m ground clearance and diameter of the dome is 26,5m. Main dome is placed on four main archways based on four elephant feet.

There is one semi dome on each of niche and entrance gate. Four columns are also placed between elephant feet in two sides within the mosque. Thus, inner space is enlarged with five domes, which are placed to each of archways, connected to these columns and much more community enables praying. There are 138 windows in the mosque. There are boards, composed of 16th Century İznik tiles in two sides of niche. Pulpit, niche, müezzin and Sultan Messes within the mosque are marmoreal and reflect the magnifıcent models of the workmanship.

Dome has hand-drawn decorations. Scripts within the mosque belong to Ahmet Karahisari and Hasan Çelebi.

There are structures, composed of Evvel Madrasah (theological school), Sani Madrasah, School of Medicine, Rabi Madrasah, Salis Madrasah, Tabhane, Daruzziyafe, Bimarhane, Darulhadis Madrasah, Hamam, Darul Kurra, Tomb of Süleyman The Magnifıcent, Tomb of Hürrem Sultan(Roxelane), Chamber of Tomb Guardian and Tomb of Sinan The Architect other than the mosque within Süleymaniye Social Complex. Evvel Madrasah and Sani Madrasah are used as Süleymaniye Library at the present time.


The place, where Grand Bazaar is located, was in the position of trade center in Byzantine period. Mehmed The Conqueror get Covered Bazaar and Sandal Bazaar constructed between 1455-1461 in order to enrich the economic life in the city, which he makes capital city after conquest of Istanbul. Then, Grand Bazaar is constituted with shops and hostelries, which are constructed around these bazaars. There are 24 hostelries, 440 shops and 65 streets within the bazaar. Furthermore, bazaar has 18 gates, of which 8 gates are big and 10 gates are small. Bazaar has witnessed many fıres and earthquakes and undergone many repairs up to now.


Mehmed The Conqueror gets Enameled Kiosk building, which is one of the oldest civil architecture models is Istanbul, constructed in 1472. It is used as Müze-i Hümayun(Imperial Museum) between 1875-1891 years. It is opened for public visits under the name of Fatih Museum, in which Turkish and Islamic Arts are exhibited in 1953 due to 500th anniversary of Istanbul conquest. It is transferred to Istanbul – Archaeology Museums in 1981. Entrance front of kiosk, which is constructed in a sloped land, is constructed with single floor and its back front is constructed with two floors.

There is a marmoreal cloister, composed of 14 columns in the entrance. It is entered into the kiosk from shed shaped portal, covered with mosaic tiles. Inner location of kiosk is composed of middle sloon and six lateral rooms.

Various tile and ceramic Works of Seljuk and Ottoman periods are exhibited in the kiosk. Tile oil-lamp and blue-white tile plates, made in İznik, are among the most valuable works of the museum. Furthermore, Kütahya and Çanakkale ceramics constitute the significant part of the tile collection in the museum. There are approximately 2000 works in the saloons and depots of Enameled Kiosk Museum.


Mr. Osman Hamdi gets Sanayi-i Nefise Mekteb-i (Fine Arts Academy) constructed in 1883 and the structure has two floors. It is arranged as museum between 1917-1919 and 1932-1935 years. Museum is closed for public visits in 1963 and its internal locations are modernized and it is opened for public visits again in 1974. Arabian Works Before Islam, Egypt Works, Mesopotamia Works, Anatolia Works are exhibited in the top floors of the museum. Tablet of Kadesh Peace and Friendship Agreement, which is made between Hittites and Egyptians in B.C. 1269 and is the first “peace and friendship” agreement in the history, is present in this museum. There is a rich “tablet archive”, composed of about 75 000 tablets with cuneiform script in the museum. Ground floor of the museum is used as old art depot and Office.


Museum is composed of two structures as Main building(Old structure) and Outbuilding(New structure). Architect Aleksandre Vallaury constructs main building by the order of Mr. Osman Hamdi at the end of 19th Century, and construction of Imperial Museum is completed in 1891, 1902 and 1908 in three stages.

Section,where Sayda sarcophaguses are located, is opened for public visits under the name of  “Museum of Sarcophaguses” in june 13, 1891. This structure is the first Turkish museum.

Building has two floors and its exterior front is made by being inspired from Crying Woman Sarcophagus. It is one of the most beautiful models of neoclassical structures in Istanbul. Alexander Sarcophagus, Crying Woman Sarcophagus, Satrap Sarcophagus, Lycia Sarcophagus, Tahnit Sarcophagus, situated in Sayda King Tombs; Sidamara Sarcophagus, Erosus Sarcophagus, brought from other ancient cities and regions and other Sarcophaguses and also architectural elements, sculpture and reliefs, tombstones, altars, mosaics, beloning to various temples are exhibited in a chronological order from archaic age to the end of Byzantine period in the ground floor of the main building.

Some of important artsa re Head of Alexander the Great, Marsyas, Goddess Tykhe , Nymphe, Ephebos sculptures and busts of emperor Marcus Aurelius and empress Faustina. Small sized stone pieces, pots and pans, earthenware statuettes are exhibited in the second floor. Also there are treasury department and Non Islamic and Islamic coin cabinets, containing approximately 800000 coins, stamps, signs, medals, and coin casts; and a rich library, including about 70 000 books in this floor.

Outbuilding is adjacent to southern-east of main building. It is composed of six floors. There are old art depots in the second floor under the ground. Kid’s Museum is located in the ground floor and also some architectural structures are exhibited here. Thrace, Bithinia, Byzantine(Surrounding Cultures of Istanbul) Works are exhibited under this ground floor. Works of Istanbul For Ages are exhibited in 1st floor, Works of Anatolia and Troia For Ages are exhibited 2nd floor and Works, containing various periods belonging to Anatolia and Surrounding Cultures(Cyprus, Syria, Palestine) are exhibited in 3rd floor.



Istanbul Archaeology Museums, located on Osman Hamdi Bey ramp, rising to Topkapı Palace Museum from the right of entrance of Gülhane Park, are composed of three museums as Archaeology Museum, Old Eastern Arts Museum and Enameled Kiosk Museum. It is one of the biggest museums of the world.

It accommodates more than one million arts. Museum collections have the arts, including cultural values of various civilizations, containing a large geography from Balkans, Anatolia, Syria, Palestine, Arabian, Peninsula, Egypt, Iraq to Afghanistan.

  1. Archaeology Museum
  2. Old Eastern Arts Museum
  3. Enameled Kiosk Museum


The area, beginning from Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia, extending to Sea of Marmara, is the region of Palaces. We learn details about Byzantine palaces from the extant written documents of historians and historiographers of that period. The most comprehensive of these is “Ceremonies” or “Book of Ceremony,” famous work of emperor VII. Constantine Porphyrogennetos (944-959). Researchers apply to this work for reference of names, unknown places, inner equipments, positions of Byzantine Palaces. Also we learn details about Grand Palace and other Byzantine palaces from memoirs of Italian ambassador Liutprand, who visits Constantinopolis in 9th Century and “Aleksios” named work of Anna Komnena, who is the daughter of emperor Alexios (1081-1118).

It was entered into Grand Palace, spreading into a large space in southern east direction of Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia from the gate, named as Bronze Gate (Chalke) in Augustinian Square, surrounded with cloisters and located in front of Hagia Sophia Church. Structures such as palaces, palace guardian barracks, luxurious pictorial structures, churches, libraries, meeting buildings, luxurious palace residences, ceremony saloons are constructed in the space, arranged in the form of terraces.

Grand Palace, which is built during the period of Constantine The Great, suffers great damage during Nika Riot in 532 and emperor Iustinianos I (527-565) gets the structure repaired.

Emperors, taking the lead, make new structures and extend the space. Emperors abandon such great palaces with excessive costs, at the beginning of 10th century and reşide in the smaller palaces such as Magnaura and Blakherna. Grand Palace, which is plundered during the Crusade in 1204, is abandoned in the last periods of Byzantine. A small Turkish district is constituted in this space after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 by Ottomans. As remains of destroyed structures and soils, arisen from foundation excavations are thrown into Area of Palaces especially during construction of Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Social Complex in this area in the Ottoman period, all structure remains of Byzantine period are underground for meters. Floor mosaics of Grand Palace are unearthed at the end of excavations from underground for meters, of Sultanahmet Bazaar, which is constructed here.

A courtyard with peristillium and having a floor, covered with mosaics and surrounded with columns of Grand Palace, is unearthed as a result of excavations of English scientists around Bazaar within Sultan Ahmet Social Complex between 1935-1938 and 1951-1954.

Floor mosaics cover an area with 250 square meters. Scenes from natüre, human life and mythology are depicted in these mosaics, dated as first half of A.D. 6th century. Some of depicted scenes are tiger hunting, mask with acanthus beard, gazelle grassing, fight between eagle and snake, shepherds herding goose, children at camel’s back, man milking the goat, bear eating the lamb, mare sucking her colt, wood load ed mule pulling down the rider at its back, Bellerophon and monster Khimaera, the child feding his donkey, fight between elephant and lion. Colored stone, color ed glass and earthenware mosaic pieces are used as material. As they are the floor mosaics, religious symbolsand motifs, which are used in the Christian art, are not used. Museum is opened for public visits in 1953.

Restoration and conservation Works of mosaics are performed and completed between 1983-1997 years within the cooperation between Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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