Istanbul is a magical city that connects two continents, Europe and Asia. Known as a 24-hour city, Istanbul has the title of the most populous city in Turkey, with a population of over 15 million. With its historical buildings and markets, colorful festivals and nightlife, museums, parks and gardens, churches, and mosques, it is almost the heart of the country. The Byzantine Empire between 324 and 1453, the Ottoman Empire between 1453 and 1922, the city has been a city where economically, religiously, and culturally diverse powers have always looked envious for almost 2,500 years.
There are so many valuable destinations to visit in such a magnificent city and see that even a week’s stay is not enough to see all the beauties. The Hagia Sophia Mosque, which was built first as a church and then turned into a mosque, the Blue Mosque, one of the most magnificent mosques, the Grand Bazaar, which is the favorite of both local and foreign tourists, the Galata Tower that is as beautiful as to be set in the movies, the Dolmabahce Palace that illuminates the blue waters of the Bosporus, The Basilica Cistern where the mysterious place where the movie Inferno (2016) was shot, the Maiden’s Tower as a background to the postcards, the Topkapi Palace Museum used as the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, the Spice Bazaar famous for its spices are just a few of the must-see places in Istanbul.
Among the islands that are significant in Istanbul are Büyükada, Heybeliada, Kınalıada, Burgazada, Yassıada and they are waiting to be discovered, which can be reached by sailing by ferries and are quieter than Istanbul. Apart from these, the Istanbul Archeology Museums, which shed light on history, the Istanbul Naval Museum where impressive ornate boats are exhibited, the Miniaturk Museum, where Turkey’s important cultural and historical artifacts are exhibited outdoors, and the Rahmi Koç Museum, where magnificent transportation vehicles are exhibited, are some of the museums that should be visited in this vibrant city.
A magnificent cuisine in the metropolis of Istanbul, yogurt in Kanlıca, pastry in Sarıyer, fish bread in Eminonu, meatballs in Sultanahmet, stuffed mussels on the beach, wet hamburger in Beyoğlu, kumpir in Ortaköy, the famous iskender kebab and other types of kebabs are the food that you should not leave Istanbul without tasting.
Hand-woven rugs, eye-light tiles, delicious spices, silk scarves and textile products, eye-catching silver and gold jewelry, delicious Turkish delight, and Turkish coffee are products that can be bought as a beautiful gift.
Let’s take a look at the most popular events in Istanbul, which has hosted many festivals. The Istanbul Jazz Festival in July, the Istanbul Music Festival in June and the International Istanbul Opera Festival, the Istanbul Film Festival in April, and the Istanbul BigFest Festival in May allow you to witness the wonderful emotions this city gives.
Many foreign nationals also live in Istanbul, which is a cosmopolitan city. However, the number of tourists who want to witness the history of this magnificent city is quite high. There are reasons beyond what we have written here to visit this magnificent city, which ranks 10th on the world’s most-visited list. If you can, do not neglect to visit a magnificent boat tour on the Bosporus, island visits, and traditional districts where the heart of Istanbul beats. You can be sure that you can understand the spirit of Istanbul in this way. Istanbul awaits you with all its charm.