The buzzing metropolis of Istanbul has grown from its ancient roots to become the cosmopolitan and cultural centre of Turkey. With a Mediterranean climate the city is great for sun-worshippers, so you can soak up some rays while you are checking out the wide range of restaurants, amazing Ottoman architecture or some of the many vibrant bazaars.
Well worth seeing are some of the contemporary arts and music events that reflect the multicultural nature of Turkey’s history. The city is the economic power of Turkey, and stands on the beautiful Bosphorus, where the Black Sea combines with the waters of the sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn. Istanbul is one of the most enchanting and ‘alive’ cities in the world, and will leave you breathless.
Generally considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world.
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The palace houses the sumptuous jewels from the original palace treasury.
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One of the most beautiful Mosques in the world, an absolute must.
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Istanbul is a shoppers paradise, at this bazaar you feel like an extra in Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.