Given that Istanbul is one of the most diverse, fantastic, and vibrant cities in the world. It is a magical composition of two continents. Istanbul offers variety of intercontinental events, international film, music and theater festivals, international biennials, art galleries showcase all the culture, arts and history; including painting, sculpture, photography and many more.
1. the City of Four Empires
More than 8,500 years of history, Istanbul has been capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. The city has even changed names several times from Byzantium to Constantinople to modern day Istanbul. 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.
2. SIGHTS NEAR BEYAZIT SQUARE
A half hour walk from the Hagia Sophia tourist zone is Beyazit Square, once a Roman and Byzantine forum. You can feast your eyes on Istanbul University’s main gate, the former Ottoman Ministry of War. The beautiful silhouette of Istanbul combines historical sites and monuments such as Roman aqueducts, Byzantine churches, Venetian towers, Ottoman palaces from the Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish periods.
3. the City of Contrasts
In Istanbul century old buildings stand near modern skyscrapers. In the same area mosques, churches and synagogues call for devote inhabitants. Liberal and conservative Muslims peacefully live side by side, together with people from a dozen other religions or beliefs. However, they all have one thing in common: the world famous Turkish hospitality.
4. The Grand Bazaar
One of the oldest covered markets in the world dates back all the way back to 1455 and is generally regarded as the world’s first shopping centre. Scatter 4,000 shops over 61 streets and throw in 400,000 daily visitors and you’ve got one of the most chaotic marketplaces in the world.
It’s a strange vibe for some seeing crowds of young people dancing in the streets until the early hours sipping on nothing but çay (tea), but the energy of the people here is second to none. Rooftop bars and live music venues are the prefered stops.
6. To taste the authentic Turkish cuisine
The richness of the Turkish cuisine will let you experience and enjoy new flavors, from exquisite pastry choices to delicious meat, fish and vegetable specialties.The variety of dishes seems endless, there is a great choice. The variety of dishes seems endless, there is a great choice. The gastronomy of Turkey reflects a remarkable culinary synthesis that comes from its cultural heritage. The traditional Turkish cuisine is really worth a taste.
7. To enjoy the shopping scene
The shopping variety of the city ranging from traditional and modern products makes Istanbul an attraction center for shopping lovers. As being a very big metropolis, travelers can easily find almost every world brand in the shopping malls and the districts of Istanbul.