Istanbul has got lots of specialities. Over 2500 years of history, culture and traditions, amazing landmarks, entertaining nightlife and breathtaking views. Istanbul has got two continents; Asia and Europe. You can cross the waters that separate Asia and Europe and enjoy the beauty of the Bosphorus.
1. The city of four empires
Istanbul has been the capital city of four empires; the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. So Istanbul has got a rich history and so many remains of each of these empires that you can see.
2. A city full of amazing landmarks
In Istanbul, despite the city’s age, thankfully many remains are still existing. The most famous landmarks are of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, house of the Ottoman Sultans: Topkapı Palace, with its blue ceramics: Sultanahmet Mosque, the biggest covered bazaar Grand Bazaar…
3. Amazing nightlife
Istanbul’s nightlife scene capitalizes upon its dramatic city and harbor views. Many of the best bars are perched on soaring rooftops or along the Bosphorus waterfront. Istanbul’s nightlife with its abundance of choice satisfies everybody’s taste of entertainment.
4. Natural beauty of the city
Istanbul’s natural beauty has also got breathtaking views. You can see the Bosphorus’ amazing view from a boat or you can enjoy the nature on the Prince Islands.
5. The city is full of artisanal coffee shops
Kahvaltı is breakfast in Turkish. It’s the combination of two words: kahve and altı, which translates as “before coffee.” You can understand the importance of coffee after breakfast. Have your morning coffee in Kadıköy, then skip teatime and have another cup in Cihangir.
In Istanbul there are lots of malls that you can find everything you are looking for. Beside these malls, when you come to Istanbul you should visit both district bazaars, shopping streets and the touristic Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar.
7. Place where you can have the perfect mix of Eastern and Western Food
Turkish Foods has got delicious dishes. In Istanbul you can find the best samples of it. You should try traditional Turkish Food, its delicious meat dishes, kebaps and of course desserts.
8. To walk in the footsteps of Ottoman pashas and sultans
Trace the 600-year-long adventure of the Ottoman Empire’s most glorious times up to the founding of the modern republic – one of Europe’s most dynamic and varied countries.
Turkish people are well-known with their hospitality. For example, when you enter a shop, even if you are not a regular customer, you get offered a tea.
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Source: www.istanbul.com / www.theguideistanbul.com