Let’s Meet Where the Two Continents Meet
“There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see.”
Lamartine´ s famous poetic lines reveal his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Istanbul’s beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asian and European, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.
Modern Touristic Establishments and Conference Facilities:
Istanbul today is the focal point of industry, commerce and cultural life in Turkey. It has many internationally acclaimed hotels, congress centers and offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The city is connected to the world by two international airports, international harbours, railways and Trans-European-Motorway.
Historical Places to Visit in Istanbul
- Hagia Sophia Museum
- Archeology Museum
- Topkapı Palace Museum
- Museum of Classical Ottoman (Divan) Literature (Galata Mevlevi Lodge)
- Small St.Sofia Mosque
- Ss. Sergius and Bacchus Church
- St. Irene (Aya İrini)
- Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
- The Great Palace Mosaic Museum
- Kariye (Caria) Museum
- Museum of Turkish Carpets
- Yerebatan ( Sarnıcı ) Cistern
- Aviation Museum
- Maritime Museum
- Atatürk Museum
- Rahmi Koç Industry Museum
- Topkapı Palace
- Dolmabahçe Palace
- Çırağan Palace
- Beylerbeyi Palace
- Yıldız Palace
Shopping in Istanbul
As an ancient trade center, Istanbul definitely offers a huge variety of shopping experiences whether in antique markets or in modern malls. Istanbul offers an ancient covered bazaar (The Grand Bazaar or Kapalı Carsi) with over 4,000 shops in the heart of the old city. It’s a recommended way to shop for Turkish specialties from desserts to jewelry. “Misir Carsisi” takes its name from the source of the spices in old times. The merchants of this colorful old covered market, also called the Spice Bazaar, sell spices, herbs, medicinal, dried fruits and a myriad of other goods in barrels and baskets.
As it is through interacting with the members of a community in their everyday life that one can get a glimpse of a culture, shopping in Istanbul presents a wonderful opportunity to that end.
Entertainment & Night Life
From the ubiquitous sounds of live, traditional Turkish music and dancing in restaurants throughout the city to cultural and artistic events, international festivals, and glitzy clubs and bars on the Bosporus, Istanbul is a city that knows how to entertain the seekers of all kind.
There’s so much to do, from theatres and exhibitions to museums, historic and architectural tours and cruises. If you´ re looking for any kind of an event whether with artistic purposes or for mere entertainment, you need no more plan than to take a walk down ” Istiklal Caddesi ” in ” Taksim” ( city center), the throbbing heart of modern Istanbul, a street that is always vibrantly alive with music, shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, theatres and of course crowds. No matter whether you are looking for family entertainment, artistic events, or just for a night out, Istanbul offers a wide range of choices from the water-front modern art museums to street bars where one can mix with the different local worlds of the city’s inhabitants in the globally satisfactory atmosphere of endless places where the town’s social life is produced.
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