Imagine a meeting venue by the sea where urban sounds mingle with the cries of gulls and waves lapping against the shores of the Haliç Congress Center; an unforgettable scenic location where you can take a break from the chaotic city without actually having to leave it.
The Center’s unique setting along the banks of the Haliç, also known as ‘the Golden Horn’ presents an unforgettably panoramic and spectacular view of historic İstanbul. As one of the few venues in the world where indoor, outdoor and waterfront events can be held simultaneously, the Haliç Congress Center stands out with its low-slung architecture.
Spread out over an area of 102,000 m2, with 16,000 m2 of outdoor space, the Haliç Congress Center is comprised of Galata Ball Romm and four main interconnecting structures called Sadabad, Kuleli, Pera and Haliç.
The Haliç Congress Center bears the distinction as the convention center which offers the most alternatives available for all types of organizations in İstanbul. Its halls, auditoriums, foyers and outdoor areas are the most sought after for holding conventions, meetings, conferences, product launchings, exhibits / fairs, cocktail parties, wedding receptions, film galas and special theatrical performances. Incorporating the latest technological infrastructure, the Haliç Congress Center also hosts the largest auditorium in İstanbul.
Ideally situated along the shores of the world famous Golden Horn, the Haliç Congress Center is easily accessible from anywhere in the city via the E-5 and TEM Highways; it is also within strolling distance to the Miniatürk Theme Park and the Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum.
Moreover, thanks to two recently built tunnels, the Haliç Congress Center is now within a short 10-minute drive from the downtown hotel and shopping districts without getting bogged down in İstanbul’s street traffic.
As the sun’s ray reflect off the waters of the Golden Horn, the wisdom of its name becomes clear. Known as Haliç, which means ‘estuary’ in English, this offshoot of the Bosphorus waterway forms the natural harbor and peninsula known as ‘Old İstanbul’ that served as the main harbor and shipyards of Byzantium, Constantinople and İstanbul over the millennia. The namesake of the estuary and the districts located along its banks, Haliç was a popular residential area where Greeks, Jews, Genoese and other non-Muslims settled during the Ottoman period. Drafted by the famous Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci, the Haliç Bridge eventually took its place in the annals of history as one of the world’s oldest bridges. Haliç was a colorful ethnic mosaic, a cornucopia of cultures, religions and traditions. Dubbed Sadabad, which means ‘Blissful Place,’ the Haliç was a favorite retreat for the Ottoman state elite and upper class with its mansions and large tulip gardens during the 18th century. Today, the Golden Horn is settled on both sides, with beautiful parks and promenades along the shores where one gaze at picturesque sunsets. Fener and Balat are old-style neighborhoods with traditional wooden houses, Byzantine-era churches and old synagogues, where the Greek Orthodox Patriarch also resides. Eyüp is another historic district which features the holiest Islamic shrine in the city. Overlooking the shrine, the tranquil Pierre Loti Hill is the perfect place to enjoy a commanding view of the Haliç. Other attractions in the immediate area include İstanbul’s first miniature park, ‘Miniaturk,’ the Rahmi M. Koç Industrial Museum, Kadır Has University and as well as a contemporary art museum called ‘Santral İstanbul.’ In short, today’s Haliç has become a steadfast patron of education, culture and the fine arts.
MACRO 2016 - 46th IUPAC WORLD POLYMER CONGRESS / July 17-21, 2016 / Istanbul / Turkey