Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with a traditional eastern city, it's a melting pot of many civilizations and different people. Istanbul was also announced by the European Union as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.


  • Istanbul is the only transcontinental city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. With a population of 13.9 million, Istanbul is one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe and is the 2nd largest city in the world by population within city limits.
  • Istanbul is home to the most mosque in Turkey. It has 3,113 mosques, including the historical Sultanahmet Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque.
  • In its thousands of years of history, it has been the capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. However, the modern-day capital of Turkey is Ankara.
  • Istanbul is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world. According to a study by MasterCard Worldwide Index in the world tourist destination, Istanbul will surpass New York and Amsterdam in terms of a number of visitors in 2011. 9.5 million people visited in 2012 and the Istanbul Cultural and Tourism Directorate recorded 10,474,867 visitors in 2013.
  • Sultanahmet or the Old City is where most of the famous historical sights of Istanbul are located.


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