Bringing together elements from Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Turkish civilizations, Istanbul has evolved over centuries into a city of great cultural significance.
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Local Tip A must see, the Hagia Sophia, once the greatest church in the Christian world until its conversion into a mosque in 1453, is now one of Istanbul's most well known and breathtakingly beautiful museums.
Local Tip This hotel is quite simply a luxurious oasis right in the heart of the Sultanahmet chaos. With only 65 rooms it's got a very boutique hotel feel with all the luxury of a Four Seasons property.
Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed the 2nd, Topkapi Palace expanded into a fully functioning city over...more »
Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the...more »
Istanbul excited our imagination from the first day of this trip. It's where east meets west, Asia touches Europe, and history and tradition live alongside one of the world's most modern...more »
Seeing a city by bicycle exposes aspects of the city that are otherwise obscured. On a bicycle, the observer is not encased in a steel and glass cage...more »
One of Istanbul's funnest and most raucous events, Rock'n Coke is a must if you're in the city whilst it's on. Held every two years, sponsored by company giant Coca Cola, and spanning three wild nights; this is big with a capital b. Traditionally held in Istanbul's Hezarfen Airfield, this is a prime location if you're wanting to let your... more »
"A traveller without observation is a bird without wings" - Moslih Eddin Saadi