Hotel at Golden Horn Istanbul is an intriguing body of water. It is considered one of the best natural harbors in the world, so great, in fact, that the Ottoman and Byzantine navies and commercial shipping interests were centered here.
A horn-shaped estuary dividing European Istanbul, it once was lined with palace gardens and public parks, churches and mosques.
Whole streets of old wooden houses and churches dating from Byzantine times still exist midway up the Golden Horn, in the neighborhood of Fener. Much like a private lake, the Golden Horn was a favorite place for picnics and family gatherings. Then, with the neglect borne of a population explosion in the 1950's and ineffective zoning laws, the once pristine Golden Horn became a churning cesspool of grey city-sewage and industrial waste. Only in the 1980's did a much needed urban clean-up begin. Polluting factories were cleared and proper sewage needs met. Now, its shores green once again, lovely parks, promenades, and playgrounds greet visitors.