Istanbul is the city that represents the modern Turkish Culture and also is the birthplace of the two most powerful empires known to date; such as Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul are the three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman.
Under its historical name of Constantinople, Istanbul served as the capital city during the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires, and architectural relics from each of the eras can be found around the city’s streets today as well as spectacular museums such as Hagia Sophia which is the largest churches of the Byzantine period or the Blue Mosque which is one of the most fascinating mosques in Istanbul that is famous for its blue tiles and six minarets and it is the most visited mosque in Istanbul.
Istanbul is also famous for its markets and bazaar which are the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The Grand Bazaar attracts between 350.000 and 400.000 visitors daily with its 61 covered streets and over 4.000 shops that are second to none. We certainly believe that you will enjoy buying gifts for your friends and family from the Grand Bazaar.
Egyptian Market (the Spice Bazaar) is one of the city’s most colourful and famous attractions. The market has operated since the 17th century and remains as popular with locals as it is with visitors.
You can also visit the Hippodrome which was used as a stadium where chariots races and the most important political and social events took place. Topkapi Palace is also a must-see site Topkapi Palace.
The Topkapi Palace, the palace that the Sultans and the Ottoman Emperors lived. The Fascinating Topkapi Palace is a magnificent palace where you will get the see precious jeweleries, uniforms, armory, traditional dresses and many more hand crafted treasures that have been worn by Emperors, Sultans, Warriors, Commanders, Leaders and so on...
So this spectacular city that connects two continents, with its uniqueness, invites you to explore. Give it a try and you will always remember its magic.