Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. The fate is determined by its vital strategic location and its fascinating natural beauty. For a long time, it was envied by powerful empires and capitalized first on the Byzantines and then on the Ottoman Empire.
Istanbul stretches along the two shores of the Bosphorus, which is bounded by the Sea of Marmara in the south and the Black Sea in the north. It is the largest city of Turkey with a population of approximately 12 million
Istanbul is at the heart of the Turkish economy at the same time. It is the headquarters of the largest corporations and banks, major national newspapers, television channels and advertising agencies.
Istanbul is also the capital of art and culture with its theaters, operas and ballets, concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course the rich customs of its unique tastes, which also stage Turkish and foreign games.
The city is also a source of pride for having the largest and best universities in the country. As a city of 1500 years of empire, Istanbul has achieved a personality of extremely high originality. In every turn in the city, you will encounter Romanians, Byzantines, Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monks, walls and ruins. However, Istanbul is still not a city that lived in the past. It is a vibrant, modern and future-focused metropolis. This amalgam gives the city a versatile look and feel, while the bazaars, ultra-modern supermarkets, department stores, businesspeople and charlatans, old rundown buildings and skyscrapers, horse-drawn cars and magnificent limousines coexist. Istanbul is a sophisticated blend of eastern and western cultures like a complex woven carpet.
HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM
Hagia Sophia is a unique architectural monument, a patriarchal church first, a mosque, and now a museum. For nearly a thousand years, it has become the largest closed area in the world and a place where the magnificence, architecture, mosaics and art must be visited and seen with a pure image.Description: Istanbul
Established for state events and royal entertainments, it is now the largest place that tourists, including the most holy relics of the Muslim world, want to come and see, such as the worshiper of the prophet Muhammad and the cloak of prayer. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the best example of the composition of Ottoman palaces
Sarnic, M.S. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian on the other side of the Hippodrome in 542 to meet the water needs of the Great Palace. Today it is used for concerts and poetry readings, as well as a museum and exhibition hall.
Hagia Irini is considered to be the first church built in Istanbul. According to a custom, a pre-Christian temple is in place. Today, it is a concert hall located outside the courtyard of the Topkapi Palace. It is open as a museum every day except on Mondays, but special permission is required for entry.
The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque thanks to its blue china decorating its inner walls. It was built between 1609 and 1616 during the 1st Ahmet period. Like many other mosques, it is made up of the burial of the founder, a medrese, and a narrow house. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque has become one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Istanbul.
Built in the 15th century; The magnificent bazaar, the streets beneath the high dome are located in the center of the historical center of Istanbul. The market place of one thousand night trades is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, with more than 1,200 shops and more than 58 closed streets attracting 250,000 to 400,000 visitors per day
ISTANBUL ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM
The museum area actually belongs to the outer gardens of Topkapi Palace. Ever since the protection of cultural goods by the Decisions of the Empire entered into force, it has sought to send the works of many governors with different governments, In this way the museum could bring together an enormous collection. The museum received the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1991 for its 100th anniversary.
TURKISH AND ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM
This museum contains the most important collections of Turkish and Islamic artifacts in the world. Special pieces in the show are funeral belts, Sultan Yıldırım Beyazıt and II. Candlesticks adorned with precious stones belonging to Sultan Selim, pearl rosaries, omega copper cups, royal capitals and clothes, Caucasian carpets and intricately carved doors.
The palace was built between 1863 and 1867 by Sultan Abdul Aziz. This was a period when all the Ottoman sultans built their own palaces instead of using the old sultans. Nowadays it is used for the most popular social events in Istanbul.
During the 19th century it was an Ottoman imperial palace. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, passed the last period of his life here. The palace of 45.000 m2 cost 14 million tons of gold, only 5 million Ottoman gold, equivalent to 35 tons of gold for decoration only.
İstiklal Caddesi, located in the heart of Istanbul, is a region that lives 24 hours in Istanbul. During the day you will meet thousands of people who work, shop, or just roam around. When you are in the evening, you will meet thousands of people who are walking down the street, going to restaurants on the street and nightclubs. Istiklal Caddesi must be visited in order to experience daily life in Istanbul.
The artists come together every Sunday to exhibit their work in a street gallery. The diversity of people creates a fun scene. Take a delicious bite from one of the street vendors sold and try it out. Ortaköy has a church, a mosque and a synagogue standing side by side for centuries as an example of appreciating the Turks’ understanding of their roots.
Rumelihisarı (Rumelian Castle), a hill on the European side of the Bosphorus is located in the town of Sarıyer in Istanbul. Between 1451 and 1452, before the conquest of Constantinople, the Ottoman Sultan II. It was built by Mehmed. Today, during the summer months, festivals are used as outdoor theaters and museums for various concerts.
Yildiz Park is a beautiful garden complex shaped by a very large park of trees, plants and flowers collected from all over the world since the Ottoman era. Park areas offer a panoramic view of the Bosphorus. Two beautiful old pavilions, the Tent and the Malta, were used to
ISTANBUL MODERN ART MUSEUM
The museum offers a wide range of services in Istanbul, including permanent and temporary exhibition halls, photo gallery, library, cinema center, café and a design shop. In addition, the museum also offers educational videos and social programs.
CAFE LOT CAFE
Pierre Loti Café, located on the slope of Eyüp, is an important residential area with its scenic beauty, its religious facilities and the beautiful view of the Golden Horn. The calm and relaxed atmosphere makes Pierre Loti Café one of the attractive places in Istanbul. The writer Pierre Loti, who admires the Ottoman culture and lifestyle, went to this café sometime in Istanbul.