Istanbul is one of the world’s most populous city in Turkey, with a total population of around 15 million residents in its metropolitan area. Istanbul is formerly known as Byzantium and then Constantinople grew in size and became one of the most important cities in history. The city held the strategic position between the black sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery and magnificent structures.
In 1923, after the Turkish War of Independence, Ankara was chosen as the new Turkish Capital. Since 1950, the population of the city has increased tenfold as migrants moved in and the city has expanded to accommodate them. Arts, music, film, and cultural festivals were established at the end of the 20th century and continued to be hosted by the city even today. Istanbul has bid for Summer Olympics 5 times in 20 years.
Istanbul is in northwestern Turkey on a total area of 5,343 square km. The majority of people in Istanbul are Muslims. Istanbul is responsible for 27% of Turkey’s GDP. The Grand bazaar shopping center in Istanbul is the world’s oldest and largest market. Istanbul University founded in 1453, is the oldest Turkish educational institution in the city.
Hotel Services & Amenities
Attractions & Landmarks
The Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace Museum