Istanbul Turkey’s most inhabited town. It is the cultural and financial center of Turkey. It’s placed on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor called the Golden Horn, within the northwest of the country. Istanbul is that the heart of Turkey. It extends each on the european (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) aspect of the Bosphorus. And is thereby the sole metropolis within the world that is located on 2 continents. In its long history, Istanbul served as the capital town of the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantium (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and also the Ottoman empire (1453-1922). Istanbul Turkey was chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2010. in 1985, the “Historic Areas of Istanbul” were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List .
Istanbul’s west part is in Europe and east part is in Asia. The vital water line dividing Istanbul into 2 is the Bosphorus where there are two bridges at the moment connecting the continents. The one and the only sea route to reach the Aegean sea and therefore the Meditteranean Sea, is using Istanbul and the the Bosphorus…
Istanbul is each the closest Asian city to Europe and therefore the nearest European city to Asia. What is different and unique about Istanbul is its being a port and every one trade paths’ that are passing through it for thousands of years.
Here are the Istanbul Maps . Click for the maps of Istanbul.
Another vital feature of city is that it’s a extremely sheltered structure. Especially the old city that is presently called as the “historical peninsula”, that was created capital city by each Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and its being set on a hill enclosed by 3 seas created it virtually not possible to be conquered. Indeed, Halic (Golden Horn) had the standard of being associate unparalleled harbour sheltering navy fleets. Though thousands of years have passed, city still maintains its geographical importance. Nowadays city could be a huge metropolis connecting continents, many cultures, different religions and being home to more than 12 million people. One amongst the best business and cultural center of the region wherever you’ll pick up a hotel easily.
Istanbul Turkey information
– Visiting Hagia Sophia and museum,
– Visiting Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace and Rumeli Hisari,
– Having a ship cruise at Bosporus and Islands,
– Watching the great Istanbul panorama from Galata Tower or Pierre Loti,
– Following the art and various cultural activities,
– Having great night life,
– Visiting bazaar of Ortakoy,
– Having a great tour in Buyukada via phaeton , which is the largest of prince islands.
– Eating fish in Bosporus, yogurt in Kanlica just beside the sea.
– Buying jewelry, leather clothes or carpet in Kapalicarsi, and great tastes from Spice Bazaar, Turkish delight, baklava, pastirma .
There are four major sections of istanbul with touristic interest.
1. Old Town: largely the region around Sultanahmet and Hagia Sophia
2. Beyoglu, (Pera District)
4. Prince’s Islands (suggested throughout summer)
Asian part may be residental largely. Nothing of historic or interest group exist at so much, except the Asian part of Bosphorus. It’s quieter if you compare to the European part.
Istanbul Museums and Palaces
Beylerbeyi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Yildiz Palace, Topkapi Palace
Archeological, Asiyan , Ataturk , Museum of Calligraphy, Caricature , Carpet and Kilim , City , Divan Literature , Fine Arts , Fire Brigade , Hagia Irini (Church of St. Irene), Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), Kariye , Mozaic , Naval , Oriental , Press , Rahmi Koc Industrial , Sadberk Hanim , Tanzimat , Topkapi Palace , Turkish and Islamic Arts (Ibrahim Pasha Palace), Vedat Nedim , Yerebatan Cistern (Basilica Cistern)
Istanbul Night Life
There are shows that will include folcloric shows, moreover as belly dancing, in many clubs whose business are foreign tourists. Nightlife Turkish people are wont to use to bars and discos that are principally the same as those found in Western countries. However, they have major variations in terms of people and atmosphere and generally the music content. You can get a feel of the Istanbul Turkish night life around Beyoglu, on Istiklal street. You will find many bars in the region almost all on back streets, most of the bars being within only around 50-100 mt away from the main street.
Ortakoy is another bar and night life area, is a much more smaller comapred to Taksim. It is more densely populated. You can check out the artisans selling their handicrafts on the streets during daytime or nightime. We recommend you to try Raki as a part of your nitelife. This is the famoust drink of Turks . Be carefull it has %40 alcohol.