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Located in the center of the Old World, Istanbul is one of the world's great cities famous for its historical monuments and magnificent scenic beauties. It is the only city in the world which spreads over two continents: it lies at a point where Asia and Europe are separated by a narrow strait - the Bosphorus. Istanbul has a history of over 2,500 years, and ever since its establishment on this strategic junction of lands and seas, the city has been a crucial trade center. It has survived many rulers. 120 emperors and sultans ruled the world from here, undergone several name changes, and, due to its strategic location.
Istanbul attracts visitors from around the world, who explore the city’s cultural richness, wealth of shopping, invest or to have a new life.. Including Istanbul, Yalova, Bursa, Sapanca, Turkey’s property market is going through a very successful phase right now, with 4 out of 10 people finding the idea of purchasing property in Turkey. Foreign buyers can now purchase property almost anywhere in Turkey, from its glittering coastal resorts to the bustling urban landscapes of Istanbul and Ankara. On the other hand Istanbul New Airport, also referred to as Istanbul Grand Airport, is a proposed new airport touted to become the world's biggest airport based on its passenger handling capacity, which is estimated to be 150 million per annum.
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HERE ARE SURPRISING 12 FACTS ABOUT ISTANBUL
• Istanbul, while being the ancient capital of many empires, from Rome to the Ottoman era, it is not the modern capital of Turkey as Ankara is.
• Istanbul, which used to be known as Constantinople thanks to the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, is built on seven hills to match the seven hills of Rome. It became Istanbul in 1930.
• Under the Ottoman Empire, the city was renowned for having more than 1,400 public toilets when other European cities end even palaces had none.
• While not the capital, Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city with more than 13 million people – 99 per cent of which are Muslim.
• Tulips, the symbol of Holland, originated in Istanbul and were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands.
• The Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3.000 shops.
• British author Agatha Christie wrote her famous novel “Murder on the Orient Express” at Pera Palas Hotel in Istanbul.
• Originally named the Tower of Christ, the Galata Tower was built in 1348 at the apex of fortified walls and was used to house prisoners of war, later became an observatory, but now offers a 360-degree viewing gallery of the city.
• It has been a noted inspiration for authors from Paul Theroux and Ernest Hemingway to Orhan Pamuk and Abdülhak Sinasi Hisar
• Istanbul was once renowned as the most crowded city in the world – in 1502.
• Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875. It’s 573 meters long and located in the Beyoglu district.
• Istanbul was the European Cultural Capital City in 2010, but has never hosted the Olympics.
THINGS TO DO WITH CHILDREN IN ISTANBUL
In recognition of National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey on 23 April, we look at some of the top things to do with children in Istanbul.
• Take a boat trip on the Bosphorus
Hop aboard one of the public ferries for a trip along the Bosphorus. Take a short ride to the Asian quarter or, for those with slightly older children, why not opt for a longer voyage to the Black Sea and back?
• Hunt for treasures in the Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar is a treasure trove for children. While they may not be interested in purchasing or haggling for goods themselves, the sights, smells and sounds of the bazaar are sure to be a hit. Give the kids their first taste of Turkish delight?
• Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Children will be sure to make a beeline for the striking marble sarcophagi and will no doubt be impressed by the large-scale model of the Trojan Horse that they can climb onto in the children’s section.
• Sightsee at Miniatürk
Visit Miniatürk Park where you can view 105 of Istanbul’s famous architectural structures all in one go (the models are 1/25th the size of the originals). If children lose interest in the models, the miniature train that crosses the park will be sure to capture their attention. The open-air park also has a great playground with a giant chessboard which is fun for both adults and children.
• Explore Gülhane Park
Located just next to the Topkapı Palace, Gülhane Park is one of the oldest parks in the city and makes a great detour from some of Istanbul’s more touristy attractions. Both adults and children will appreciate the beauty of the park, especially in April when the tulips come up in a host of colours
MUST SEE PLACES IN ISTANBUL
• Topkapı Palace
The Topkapi Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, that was the one of the major residency of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world.
• Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)
The Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality. It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into mosque. Afterwards, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935.
• Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.
• Byzantine Hippodrome
The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient "Hippodrome", one of the most famous areas in Byzantine Constantinople. The original Hippodrome was constructed in 200 AD. by Emperor Septimus Severus, when he rebuilt the town of Byzantium. After Severus, Constantine the Great made Constantinople new capital and gave much more importance to this area.
• Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
There are thousands of things you can find and purchase in the Grand Bazaar. You can find all kinds of stuff in the Bazaar, varying from Silk carpets to leather coats and from gold to fake brand T-shirts. The gate that one usually enters into the bazaar is called "Nuruosmaniye Gate" that means "the light of the Ottomans". That takes you directly to a shining street full of jewelry stores. Jewelry is one of the things could be purchased.
• Beyoğlu (Pera)
Today Beyoğlu is enjoying a cultural and architectural revival. The huge embassies are now consulates, the shops are posh again, and İstiklal Caddesi (the Grande Rue) is a popular pedestrian mall filled with strollers day and night.
• Dolmabahçe Palace
The word "Dolmabahce" in English means "The filled garden". Because the Dolmabahce Palace is founded upon a reclaimed area by filling up the sea. It's a beautiful 19th Century palace right by the Bosphorus, on the waterfront.
• Maiden Tower
Today Maiden Tower is used as a restaurant and cafe and with its perfect location it hosts locals and tourists. In order to reach the tower you need to pass to the Asian side by a ferry. Ferries leave from Eminonu to Uskudar and it takes around 15 minutes. From Uskudar ferry port, you need to walk next to the Tower and just across the tower small boats carries visitors to the tower. You can enjoy the beauty of the Bosporus and have a snack if you want. I just want to remind that the prices are relatively high at the cafe.
• Galata Tower
The slightly sloped section stretching from Tunel to the shores of Halic is called Galata due to the Galata Tower. Galata Tower has dominated Beyoglu skyline since 1348 and still offers the best panoramic views of the city. Until the 1960s Galata tower was a fire lookout tower. Now the upper floors hold an uninteresting restaurant-nightclub, and a panorama balcony. The panorama balcony is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm (7 pm in summer).
HANDMADE TURKISH CARPETS
The art of making hand-knotted carpets is an old Turkish handicraft. The two richest antique carpet museums in the world are located in Istanbul.
Today, carpets still knotted in the old traditional ways are produced in every region of Turkey. Carpets made of pure wool, wool and cotton blend, or pure silk from different regions form very rich and varied collections.
The reputation of Turkish carpets is based on their workmanship, deep-rooted traditions, quality raw materials, special techniques, patience and the months of labor that go into each piece.
In many villages there are domestic looms producing carpets typical of that region. Besides these, in several centers the manufacture of handmade carpets is a large industry supported by the state.
Hereke, a town near Istanbul, is the most famous center for pure silk carpets. Carpets made in Hereke, Kayseri and Konya are sought after in world markets.
The official band of the Ottoman army was known as the Mehter. This band, consisting of hundreds of musicians, marched in front of the armies during campaigns. In battles and sieges, it played stirring marches. Today, in the Military Museum of Istanbul, the music of this oldest band of the world is still played in the traditional manner on some days and during ceremonies and concerts.
Baklava, Turkey’s best-loved dessert, is a sweet treat that’s a favourite with locals and visitors alike. An ideal souvenir from Istanbul, it is a must-try during your stay in the Istanbul. Baklava can be found all over the city
The tradition of the Turkish bath extends far back, to a time before Turks had reached Anatolia. When the Turks arrived in Anatolia, they brought with them one bathing tradition, and were confronted with another, that of Romans and Byzantines, with certain local variants. The traditions merged, and with the addition of the Moslem concern for cleanliness and its concomitant respect for the uses of water, there arose an entirely new concept, that of the Turkish Bath.
For the Turkish bath was much more than just a place to cleanse the skin. It was intimately bound up with everyday life, a place where people of every rank and station, young and old, rich an poor, townsman or villager, could come freely. Women’s well as men made use of the "hamam", as the bath is known in Turkish, although of course at separate hours.
Istanbul is a great destination for meat eaters, particularly those who love kebabs. After a long day trip if you are hungry you must try Turkish Kebab. It would be fair to say that kebabs are Turkey’s national dish. With over 40 different types of kebabs to choose from hailing from every region in Turkey. After-all, Istanbul has a kebab house on virtually every block in the city.