Istanbul is one of the greatest cities in the world with its famous historical imperial buildings and amazing panoramic beauties. It has located in the middle of historical world. It spreads over 2 continents where lies at a point that Europe and Asia met and split by a narrow strait called Bosporus. The historical age of Istanbul has been recorded to books as 6700 years old. But It has had a very popular period in history for 2500 years. After king Byzas had sent his first colony from Athens in 5th century BC. It has been very important strategic position of lands and seas by being crucial trade center. Over than 1600 years, more than 120 Emperors had ruled the world from here. There isn’t one more city in the world can be claimed such as specification.
Highlights of Istanbul
The old city of Istanbul has been surrounded with the grand walls of 5th century. And the whole city has been standing on seven hills. Also It has adorned itself by the great mosques of Ottoman Emperors, Amazing imperial Churches of Byzantines, masterpieces of Turkish Architecture that crown the hills. These impressive buildings during the present days give a majestic, exquisite and serene silhouette from all directions. It has always been the city of tolerance where churches, synagogues and mosques have existed side by side. It has been growing dynamically at full speed on an east-west along the shores of Marmara Sea, Black Sea and Bosporus Strait.
Istanbul with its rich history and natural beauties is a very important visiting site and most attractive city in the world. Sultan Ahmet District where we can visit old imperial buildings such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar is the most important sight of the city. Exploring the city with its rich history takes minimum 3 days. Nowaday, Hagia Sophia Museum has been most visited museum of the world since 2007.
Istanbul is also very important shopping center for everybody. It had become the capital of magnificient Empires over then 1600 years. Therefore, they have reached the finest quality of art in many sections. Such as jewelry, home designs, fabrics, paintings, music calligraphy and many others. Grand Bazaar is the very good example of this market. And a Turkish Jewelry designer from Grand Bazaar, Sevan Bıcakci has become the best of the world since 2006.