Istanbul.. Culture and Magic

Previously known as Constantinople, this is Turkey’s cultural capital and well worth a visit.

Istanbul, also known as the city of the Seven Hills, is well-known for serving as a crossroads between East and West. Because of its location in both Europe and Asia, it is a cradle of civilizations and an interesting city to visit.

A boat excursion on the Bosporus straits that flow through the city, a bus tour, or a strolling tour are all good ways to see famous attractions including Dolmabahçe Palace, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia Mosque. These trips include food and drinks, as well as a guide who will provide further information about the city’s fascinating history. The grandeur of the Bosporus straits and the magnificent architecture of its scenery will wow you.

The ideal months to visit are typically May to September, although the month you choose depends on your goals of the trip.

You’ll need at least a few days, if not a week or two to see and experience everything this magical city has to offer. Not to be missed are the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the famed Byzantine church. Time flies as you stroll through the Grand Bazaar, admiring the colorful handmade souvenirs, spices, jewelry, and other products. The Topkap Palace Museum was once the residence of Ottoman Sultans, and their clothing and other personal effects are now on display.

Istanbul has long been considered Turkey’s cultural center, having served as the capital of three major empires, but it has also become the country’s fashion capital in recent years, thanks to the installation of many enormous shopping complexes.

The historic bazaars and international merchants in this huge metropolis’ malls offer a diverse selection of both traditional and modern items.

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