Introducing Istanbul

Istanbul is an incredible place. The city boasts a unique location, straddling the continents of Europe and Asia; its famous Bosphorus Bridge acts as the connecting vein between the two contrasting worlds and the city itself is a vibrant, exciting mix of cultures and traditions. Istanbul is also historically known as “Constantinople” or “Byzantium”, once the capital city of the ancient Roman and Byzantine Empires. So for culture vultures and history buffs, this is a dream destination bursting with stories and legends from a faraway past. Head to the Old City area and it will reflect the magical worlds of the many empires that ruled in times gone by; and from the stands of the Roman Hippodrome in Sultanahmet to the soaring dome and intricate design features of the Byzantine Hagia Sophia, there’s so much just waiting to be discovered. Istanbul is a great holiday destination for the curious and it’s a city that has so much to offer every type of traveller.

Highlights of Istanbul

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia, translating as “Holy Wisdom” is a beautiful mosque and museum, which was once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica.
Topkapı Palace
Explore the grounds of Topkapı Palace, once a major residence for sultans of the Ottoman Empire.
Blue Mosque
Visit the Blue Mosque, a beautiful building which reflects both Ottoman architecture and Islamic architecture.
Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar is a series of covered markets; a great place to find souvenirs and to pick up some bargains on local crafts and designs.
Galata Tower
A beautiful medieval stone tower which dominates the city skyline. Located in the Galata / Karaköy quarter of the city.

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