Istanbul, one of the biggest cities in the world since the beginning of the New Ages, is one of the most original cities in the world with its unique historical character with its historical accumulation, multi-faceted civilization components and unique features on the world.
Located on 7 hills, Istanbul offers very rich options about the city, culture, tourism, entertainment, art and history. This is the first place among the cities that receive the most tourists in the world.
With its palaces, museums, mosques and churches, natural and cultural riches, Istanbul is welcoming its distinguished guests who want to experience a unique and mystical experience at the crossroads of East and West throughout history.
Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th-century French writer and politician said with admiration “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
The unique city to span two continents, it physically and metaphorically bridges the cultures and philosophies of Europe and Asia. Istanbul, which is an essential center of Islam, Christianity and Judaism for centuries, is home to the Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Sephardic Jewish heritage sites, and traces of numerous ethnic groups.
It sits at the crossroads of human history, a sprawling 700-square-mile (1,812-square-kilometer) hilly metropolis studded with nearly 20,000 cultural sites from the sixth millennium B.C. to present day. Flanking 19 miles (30 kilometers) of the Bosporus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, it is a linchpin for trade routes in all directions.
Istanbul is the cosmopolitan heart of the Turkish Republic, it is not formal but financial and cultural capital city. The population exceeds fifteen million, crowding cobbled-lane waterfront villages and glass-and-steel corporate districts, spirited premier soccer matches and haute couture boulevards. Byzantium, New Rome, Constantinople, Old Stamboul. Its name has changed, but the glory endures.