Istanbul is Turkey's largest city and a powerful economic, cultural and social centre.
Istanbul is half on the European side of Turkey, while a third of the population lives on the Asian side of the country.
For the Greeks, the city has a special significance, as it is the symbol of the Byzantine Empire and a landmark of Orthodox doctrine. Beyond the historical events, Istanbul is a modern city that seamlessly combines Eastern tradition with a modern Western mindset.
If you wish to take a romantic stroll along the Bosphorus, visit the Hagia Sophia and buy spices from the various flea markets, then Istanbul will steal your thunder!
1. Aghia Sophia!
Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous sights in the world and you can't be in Istanbul and not visit it. It represents the absolute pinnacle of Byzantine architecture with its unique design and is a landmark landmark for the city.
Built in 537, it was the largest cathedral in the world for over a millennium. Today, the only cathedral larger than St. Sophia is the one in the city of Seville.
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2. Dolmabahçe Sarayı
On the European side of the Bosphorus you will find a very important part of the Ottoman Empire, especially during the period 1853-1922. This place is a mixture of many architectural traditions. As a result, the neo-classical Dolmabahçe Sarayı is a top landmark in Istanbul.
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3. Kariye Camii
The Chora Monastery (Kariye Camii) which is located within the old city walls, offers a unique glimpse of the grandeur of the last Byzantine years. Inside you will find walls and ceilings adorned with glittering mosaics and frescoes that are truly breathtaking.
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4. The Bosphorus
The Bosphorus has a remarkable history as it is the strait that separates two continents.
It is also mentioned in the Old Testament as the link between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara and thus the Aegean and the Mediterranean.
The rich history and importance of this place cannot be ignored by any visitor to Istanbul. To enjoy magnificent views book a cruise on the Bosphorus.
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The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul and the Bazaar of Spices take you back to another era more than half a millennium ago. These two largest shopping complexes in the world attract over 500,000 visitors every day.
The new Istanbul Airport has taken over all flights previously served by Ataturk Airport and now serves as the main air transport hub for all passengers travelling to the Middle East and Asia. Istanbul Airport is located approximately 44 km from the city centre. A Istanbul airport taxi to the city centre will cost around 40 euros.
The currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira and 1 euro is equivalent to 6.64 pounds.
Istanbul is one hour ahead of Greek time and the country's telephone code is 0090.
The city has two airports: the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG), which is 44.8 kilometres from the city centre, and Istanbul International Airport (IST), which is 40.7 kilometres away.