The monetary, unit is the Turkish Lira (TL.) All banks have exchange counters and many accept travelers checks and major credit cards. Many ATM’s are tied to international networks such as Cirrus and Plus. Ask your bank whether your bank card or credit card PIN will need to be reprogrammed for use in Turkey.
Antiques, any article more than 100 years old is conferred antique and may not be taken out of the country.
Electricity, is 220 volts. Continental 2 pin plugs are standard.
Tax, the Turkish VAT equivalent, KDV, is between 5 and 23 percent and is included in the price of virtually all goods and services.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS official holidays are;
01 January, New Year’s Day,
23 April, National Independence and Children’s Day,
19 May, Atatürk Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day,
30 August, Victory Day,
29 October, Republic Day.
In addition to the above there are two religious holidays that, being based on the Islamic calendar (Lunar calendar) vary in date each year. These are; “Seker Bayrami” (3 Days) celebrating the end of the feast of Ramazan, and “Kurban Bayrami” the feast of the sacrifice (4 Days). During these feasts all shops, banks and government offices are closed.
SHOPS of Turkey incredibly popular and they are open continuously from 09h00 -13h00 and 13h30-19h00 or 20h00 Mondays to Saturdays.
CLOSED Hagia Sophia Museum on Monday
Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum on Wednesday
Topkapi Palace on Tuesday
Dolmabahçe Palace on Monday and Thursday
Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday
Hamam – Turkish Bath
The tradition of the Turkish bath was born generations ago, adopted from Romans and Byzantines and then perfected by the Seljuk Turks and has continued even until today. There are both traditional and modern Hamams in Istanbul. While Çemberlitaş and Galatasaray Hamams are traditional most five-star hotels offer you modern Hamam facilities.