City: İstanbul

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“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

Welcome to the capital of history and fun!!

European Capital of Culture for 2010, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, largest city proper and the second largest metropolitan area in Europe, and the fourth largest city proper in the world with a population of more than 12 million. Istanbul is also a megacity as well as the cultural and financial center of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. Istanbul is also one of the world’s major conference destinations and is an increasingly popular choice for the world’s leading international associations.

Istanbul extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

Istanbul is a very historical and inspirational city. You can view a lot of monuments from Roman and Ottoman period since Istanbul has served as capital of Roman Empire (330–395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).Bosphorus is another astonishing place with seagulls and steamboats. Taksim Square is well-known and amazing place for everybody. The buildings in the Taksim Square are mostly from the Roman Empire period and there are some historical churches as well. In Taksim you can find a lot of Turkish traditional souvenirs and you can taste a lot of Turkish food. Taksim is a crowded place most of time so you have be careful not to get lost.There are many other historical places like Taksim. For example Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque,Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Square. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

When talking about Istanbul, it would be a shame not to mention nightlife. Clubbers get ready for amazing nights! Being such a big city with several city centers, Istanbul has more than one entertainment destination. In the European side city hosts lots of famous chic nightclubs by the seaside such as Reina, Sortie, Anjelique. You can enjoy the view of Colorful Bridge while dancing and tasting variety of cocktails. If you want to enjoy the night with eastern music, dance and food there are a lot of options like Al Jamal. You can visit dozens of rock bars, jazz clubs, shot bars for an amusing night. It doesn’t matter what’s your favorite nightlife style, Istanbul offers you all the option.

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