Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the historic crossroads between East and West, a city of minarets and palaces looking resolutely to the future. Climbing the hills around the Golden Horn and overlooking the Bosporus, the city is filled with the wonders of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires, from the Topkapi Palace where the sultans led a truly decadent lifestyle, to the looming Hagia Sophie – part cathedral, part mosque and totally breathtaking. Today the kind of indulgent lifestyle once contained by the palace walls fills the entire city. Istanbul has some of the coolest bars and clubs in whichever continent you’re standing, as well as a treasure trove of shopping and delicious cuisine fit for the sultan himself.
History of Istanbul & Religion
Cultural capital of Turkey, Istanbul is both the nearest Asian city to Europe and the nearest European city to Asia. It is a huge metropolis connecting continents, cultures, religions and being home to more than eighteen million people; and one of the greatest business and cultural centers of the world.