“Safest as the name says”
Apr 28, 2017

Perfect Reasonable price. You can get cheaper options but these guys are reliable and always on time. Good cars and drivers.
“Punctual and comfortable”
Apr 25, 2017

I arrived 20 minutes before the actual time. But they tracked it well and when I went out, I saw the transfer-man waiting with a name sign. Both times I have been transferred in very comfortable vehicles where I was offered water and some nice candies. Honestly, I did not expect to receive such high quality service for such reasonable price. Highly satisfied!
“very reliable”
Apr 11, 2017

In comparison to many other companies providing this service in Istanbul, Safe Airport Transfer is very reliable. The booking went fine and the comfirmation via email came prompt. Even in the North of Istanbul near by the Black Sea at 3:00 AM they found us and arrived on time. And we were not staying in a hotel moreover in a house at friends which was not easy to find. The friendly driver took us safely to the airport on time. Well done!
“Reliable and trustworthy”
Feb 27, 2017

I booked a return journey - from and back to Ataturk Airport. I was out of arrivals quickly and the cab appeared to be held in the increase security checks - which one accepts!. Other than that, the drivers were both prompt professional and courteous. The booking process, confirmation and communication were first class. Having seen the sharks hanging about outside the terminal I was relieved to not have to deal with them. The departure cab was 10 mins early and made good time through the Istanbul rush hour traffic - no mean feat. Will use again.!
“Fantastic”
Nov 23, 2016

They're perhaps not the cheapest but certainly the most reliable. From the time of booking, which was done online and before pick-up they were very good. The communication was excellent. They emailed and phoned to confirm. The driver arrived on time (in fact early) and I got to the airport in good time in a clean and modern vehicle. Will definitely use them again.
“By far the best taxi service”
Oct 17, 2016

We were looking for taxi service from the airport (Sabiha) to the hotel and back. All done by internet and e-mail. You need a mail that you can read it abroad too because they send you confirmation to the mail. We were greeted at the airport by the representative of the office and after ten minutes we were taken to the taxi.We ordered a private taxi for two people.On their site it is mentioned that the payment is per taxi and not per person ! Their price was by far the cheapest.But the surprise came when we saw the taxi: it was not a private car but a VAN ! with seats arranged row in front of the other row and a table between them.We were offered a small cup of mineral water.The driver was ok although he did not help with the luggage and did not suggest to put it in the back of the van.(on the way back from the hotel to the airport the driver was very kind and helped us).The ride took about one hour at less rush hours and a bit more than an hour at 8 in the morning. You must take this company !
“Excellent service”
Jul 27, 2016

Used this company for airport transfer from Ataturk to Sultanahmet. We're waiting for us at airport, clean vehicle, driver who was pleasant and pointed out key landmarks. Well use again.
“Reliable & Professional”
Jun 2, 2016

Initially I have booked one way from the airport to the hotel in order to evaluate the service. Someone was waiting for us after the arrival gate holding a sign with my name. A car seat was available as per our request, the van was clean, the driver was polite and friendly. Then I have also booked the return to the airport, and the same good standard were offered. I will always consider this service whenever I visit Istanbul.
“Great Service”
May 29, 2016

Price and service can,t be beaten,someone was waiting outside the airport with a sign and name on it,then walked us to the mini van,it was rush hour and took about 30 minutes to get to our hotel in Sirkisi,using back roads and avoiding traffic.Will be taking them back for our return to the airport.
“Professional ”
May 15, 2016

Used their transport service from the airport and back. They were very polite, friendly and English speaking drivers. They were on time both ways. No fault in their service. Would recommend to use them

Istanbul Archaeology Museum

 

Istanbul Archaeology Museums (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri)

 

The Istanbul Archaeology Museums (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri) is noted for its treasures of archaeology and art from the Topkapı collections. In the three buildings which comprise the exhibits are many artifects of venerable age and classical statuary. There is also an exhibit which reflects the history of  İstanbul. You should also take time to look over the striking sarcophagi from Sidon's Royal Necropolis.

 

There are three parts to the complex. The Archaeology Museum, the Tiled Pavilion and the Museum of the Ancient Orient  contain the many collections prepared by Osman Hamdi Bey, who served in the late 1800s as archaeologist, artist and museum director. The buildings are an easy walk down from the First Court of  Topkapı's, or by going through the  Gülhane Park main gate and walking up the slope.

 

Museum of the Ancient Orient

 

As you enter the area, look to your immediate left to see the building dating from 1883. It contains pre-Islamic items secured from across the entire Ottoman Empire. The yellow and blue brick panels were once part of the Ishtar Gate in ancient Babylon. The panels show animals, both mythical and real, including dragons, bulls and lions.

 

Archaeology Museum

 

On the right perimeter of the courtyard is the neoclassical style structure with a large collection of sarcophagi and statuary in the classical style. The building also has an extensive exhibit which documents the history of  İstanbul.

 

Two light-controlled rooms display the main treasures of the museum. There are sarcophagi acquired at the Royal Necropolis of Sidon. These items were found by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1887 in what is now Side, Lebanon. In particular, take time to look over the Mourning Women Sarcophagus and the Alexander Sarcophagus. They are examples of exceptionally fine artwork.

 

The connecting room includes more sarcophagi, this time those of grave cult groups from Ephesus, Thessalonica, Syria and Lebanon. Continue on to the next room known as The Columned Sarcophagi of Anatolia where there are tiny temple shaped or residential building shaped sarcophagi from the 140 to 270 AD period. An exceptional exhibit is the Sidamara Sarcophagus from Konya.

 

As you move further through the rooms at the Istanbul Archaeology Museums (İstanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri), you will see ancient Anatolian architecture and Lycian monument exhibits.

 

Continue upstairs to see the “Anatolia and Troy Through the Ages” exhibit. The exhibit for “Neighbouring Cultures of Anatolia, Cyprus, Syria and Palestine” is also upstairs in this building, as well as a display known as “İstanbul Through the Ages”. The history of the city is shown during its five different periods. The expectation is that these displays will be renovated and improved soon.

 

The famous Statuary Galleries has been under renovation for several years, as is a gallery downstairs, which contains artefacts from Byzantium.

 

Tiled Pavilion

 

The third of the museum buildings in the complex is the 1472 pavilion under the rule of Mehmet the Conqueror. The original portico with 14 columns of marble burned down in 1737 and was rebuilt by Sultan Abdülhamid who reigned from 1774 to 1789.

 

The displays include ceramics and tiles from Seljuk, Anatolia and the Ottomans. The time period is from the late 1100s to the start of the 20th century. There are  İznik tiles from the high period of coloured tiles (14th to 17th centuries). The central room contains the impressive mihrab which came from the İbrahim Bey İmâret in Karaman, constructed in 1432.

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