The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Istanbul

Located in a modern skyscraper, the hotel lobby features Italian and Turkish marble flooring, hand-woven Turkish carpets and a mahogany reception bar with opulent gold ceiling. Opened in 2001, this hotel cultivates Turkish traditions and design. International businesspeople meet tourists and local people in the Lobby bar with a panoramic view over the Bosphorus.

Mountaineering in Turkey

A glance at a topographical map of Turkey immediately reveals that this is a country of mountains. Rising in all four directions, mountains encircle the peninsula of Anatolia. A part of the Alpine-Himalayan mountain range, Turkey has mountainous regions of different geological formations. The North Anatolian range skirts the Mediterranean shore.