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Istanbul is the financial capital and largest city of Turkey. No other city in the world straddles two continents; nowhere else has been the capital of three empires. This vibrant metropolis of 15 million people, sprawling across the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus Strait, is truly unique.
Make the most of your stay in this wonderful city and take a look at what it has to offer below. Further information can be found here.
With 8,500 years of a glamorous history, Istanbul has always been an important metropolis of its days. The former capital of many empires including Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire the city holds within some of the precious ancient monuments as well as a unique beauty with the Bosphorus running across the city separating Europe and Asia.
Istanbul offers a huge network of public transport that can be easily accessed with a single transportation card – IstanbulCard. With city buses, ‘Dolmuş’ yellow minibus routes, ferries, sea-buses, railways such as subway and tram systems, Istanbul offers plenty of options to get around the city.
Istanbul owns centuries of both religious and cultural phenomena as it is the only city that has marked the ending of an era in history with its conquest. Some of the wonderful sites of Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Princes’ Islands and many more.
Long and rich history, capital of 3 great empires, population of 15.1 million, 8th most visited city, World’s Leading Congress Destination, 2010 European Capital of Culture, 2012 European Capital of Sport, 78 public and private museums, 114 shopping malls, 5 imperial palaces, dozens of summer palaces and mansions and 4 historic bazaars and 56 universities.
With almost 112,000 bed capacity, over 222 five & four-star hotels including both international and Turkish chains, a variety of deluxe hotels situated in the Bosphorus shore and ancient peninsula, including suitable lofts near the central areas, Istanbul offers a variety of accommodation choices.
The Turkish cuisine offers a wide choice for those who want to experience and enjoy new flavours. From exquisite pastry choices to delicious meat, fish and vegetable specialities; Turkey’s gastronomic panorama reflects a remarkable culinary synthesis coming from its cultural heritage. Istanbul provides a wide range of food choices originated from all around the world.
Istanbul is considered to be one of the main air traffic hubs connecting many international airlines from Europe to Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Thanks to the Turkish Airline's massive network (flying to more countries in the world than any other airline), Istanbul has become a more popular and widely visited destination with 2 international airports in each continent.
A wide range of historic places from Ottoman Palace’s to cisterns, from modern facilities to mansions on Bosphorus shores, Istanbul awaits you with unique venues to meet a fusion of diverse cultures of the East and the West. Whether a gala dinner or a social event, Istanbul is ready for you.
There is a common saying in Istanbul that states “this city never sleeps”. Istanbul is the dining, shopping, music and entertainment capital of Turkey. Throughout the year the city hosts many events, concerts, art exhibitions and social gatherings and also offers a variety of shopping opportunities including authentic antiquities of Ottoman style and modern multinational brands.