Istanbul

istanbul the blue mosque

The 2010 European Capital of Culture

This is just the latest tribute to a complex urban history spanning Europe and Asia, forged since antiquity by the achievements of coexisting civilisations. Dubbed ‘New Rome’ by Constantine, plundered by crusader greed in 1204, and Ottoman capital from 1453, today’s teeming city welcomes her visitors in safety. Ancient and evolving, while adjectives abound, Istanbul’s essence is best captured in fleeting images: in wailing hilltop minarets, bargaining in bazaars, virtually organic streets and kaleidoscopic dining and nightlife; in shrieking gulls, darting taxis and cruise ships negotiating the Bosphorus, its main artery. Istanbul is life.

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Top Highlights in Istanbul

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Museum
5.0
A beautifully set, world-class collection
Blue Mosque
Attraction
5.0
Also known as the Sultan Ahmet Mosque
Church of Saint Saviour In Chora
Attraction
4.8
Beautiful Byzantine church and art
View of Galata Tower.
Attraction
4.7
360-degree views of the city
Hagia Sophia
Attraction
5.0
Also the Church of the Holy Wisdom
Art Gallery
5.0
A must-see for the venue alone
A view at MAIDEN'S TOWER.
Attraction
4.6
Also known as Kiz Kulesi
Princes' Islands: Buyukada
Attraction
4.0
Escape from the city
Spice Bazaar
Shopping
4.5
A journey for the senses
View of Bosphorus Cruise
Attraction
4.9
A day-long cruise on a ferry
Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar)
Shopping
4.5
A ninth century building turned 21st century bazaar
View from Topkapi Palace
Attraction
5.0
The Home of the Sultans
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