With its 2500 years of history, culture, and amazing landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and breathtaking views Istanbul has it all. This transcontinental metropolis is a fast-paced cultural melting pot you can’t afford to miss.
Istanbul has been the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantine Empire (395-1204), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), the Byzantine Empire (1261-1453) and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). Istanbul’s history is very rich, and remains of each of these empires can still be witnessed.
As the cliché goes, Istanbul is where east meets west, or vice versa. This unique location combined with its history and occupants of different cultural background make this city a true melting pot.
Hagia Sophia a structure built under order of Justinian, and later turned into a mosque, when it was captured by the Ottoman imperial in 29 May 1453. The structure is now a museum in Istanbul.
The century old mix of cultures also had a huge impact on the food scene. In Istanbul, you can enjoy different cuisines, varying from authentic Ottoman food, over typical Turkish food with its delicious mezes and meat or fish dishes, to the modern kitchen of the West.
Istanbul is the best place to shop. You can go luxurious and mainstream by a visit to one of the many modern shopping centers spread all over the city. Or you can hunt for authentic, handmade items by local designers and craftsmen in less touristic parts of town.
If you like to bargain the Grand Bazaar has to be the shopping heaven on Earth.
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