Discover Istanbul, home of empires
Istanbul, the city that is discovered as you experience it, and loved as discovered. If the world were a single state, Istanbul would have been its capital. Yet neither words nor any amount of reading or listening are sufficient to truly describe with the city.
Istanbul, the capital of empires, the city that dominated continents, the cradle of civilisation, the meeting point of cultures and civilisations. These are some of the thousands of phrases that describe Istanbul.
For more than 1.500 years Istanbul was the capital of two empires, first the Byzantine and later the Ottoman. It was beautified accordingly with magnificent monuments and became a metropolis where diverse cultures, nations and religions mingle. Those cultures, nations and religions are the small pieces that form the mosaic of Istanbul. Perhaps some of those little pieces do not mean much to you, but as an ensemble they make up the unique majesty of Istanbul.
Istanbul is the most developed and largest city of Turkey, and the latest discoveries indicate that the history of human habitation goes back 400.000 years ago.
Only when you walk along its historic streets, when you see with your own eyes the architectural masterpieces of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in their original setting, when you enjoy the panoramic vistas of its unique location, and when you start to explore its mystical beauties, only then will you begin to discover, and to fall in love with Istanbul.
Today the Historical Peninsula is the most attractive part of Istanbul, and is strategically well placed. Istanbul is surrounded by a seascape with distant islands, and this, together with the Golden Horn, the estuary that thrusts into the land along the peninsula, make Istanbul a unique place and throughout its long history.
Maiden's Tower, Istanbul
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