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Istanbul, the Capital of Civilizations



İstanbul, the multicultural metropolitan city with full of history, rich art and music variety.. The beauty of İstanbul comes from its history involving multitude of religions and languages, from the Bosphorus Sea, the dividing line between two continents Asia and Europe, and from hospitable Turkish society.
Some Sayings about İstanbul

"If they say "you have your last chance to look at the world", I wish that look would from Çamlıca of Istanbul." - Alphonse de Lamartine

"İstanbul is a magical seal which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world." - Gerard De Nerval

"People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul." - Chateaubriand 

"If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital." - Napoleon Bonaparte 

"On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens." - Atatürk

Places to See in İstanbul 

1. Topkapı Palace
Home (and Harem!) of the sultans.

2. Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
Changed the course of Western architecture; greatest church in Christendom for 1000 years.

3. Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque
Islam's elegant answer to Ayasofya, with six minarets and blue interior tiles.

4. Byzantine Hippodrome
The political and recreational heart of ByzantineConstantinople and Ottoman Istanbul.

5. Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum
Facing the Blue Mosque on the Hippodrome, a treasure-house of 1000 years of fine art.

6. Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıçı)
An eerie subterranean "sunken palace" of 336 marble columns which could hold 2,265 cubic meters (80,000 cubic feet) of water in case of drought or siege.

7. Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
The ultimate medieval "shopping center," with 4000 shops, fun whether you buy or just browse

8. Egyptian (Spice) Market
Food, spices, coffee, snacks and some touristy stuff.

9. Beyoğlu (Pera)
The romance of 19th-century Istanbul.

10. Dolmabahçe Palace
The sultan's sumptuous new (1856) European-style palace on the Bosphorus.
11. Bosphorus Cruise
The perfect 90-minute, half-day or full-day Istanbul excursion, up toward the Black Sea past castles, palaces and Ottoman-Victorian villages.

12. Princes' Islands
Get away to islands with Victorian-era towns free of motor vehicles: walk, bicycle, or take a horse-drawn carriage tour.

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