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.
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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