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Istanbul Vacations

With a population of some 10 million people, Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city and its financial and cultural centre. There is plenty to do and see in Istanbul, from the ancient mosques and markets to the cosmopolitan attraction of down town Istanbul. Istanbul is a fast moving modern city that has maintained is culture. Popular attractions include, Kapali Carsisi, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Camii. Turkish Airlines operate direct flights to Istanbul from New York (JFK Airport) and Chicago. Flight time to Istanbul is approximately 11 hours. www.tourismturkey.org

The splendid city of Istanbul has many unique and fascinating features. It is the only city in the world reaching across two continents, with its old city in Europe and modern Istanbul situated in Asia, separated by the Bosphorus Strait. It is also unique in having had capital status during two successive empires, Christian Byzantine and Islamic Ottoman, and the legacy from both is visible in the modern city today.

 

 

Istanbul Attractions

 

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) Istanbul

The Sultan Ahmet Camii, commonly known as the Blue Mosque, with its tiers of magnificent domes and six graceful minarets is one of the most striking and immediately distinguishable structures on the Istanbul's skyline.

 

Topkapi Palace Museum Istanbul

The Topkapi Sarayi, built by Mehmet the Conqueror as a Sultan's Palace, consists of a sprawling collection of buildings arranged around several interconnecting courtyards.

 

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum Istanbul

The grand 16th century palace of the sultan's Grand Vizier, Ibrahim Pasa, today houses the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, containing what many consider to be the finest collection of Islamic artefacts in the world.

 

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