Istanbul General Information
Istanbul, a vibrant city of 15 million people, is located on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait, bridging the continents of Europe and Asia, both physically and culturally.
Sultanahmet, the Old City reflects the cultural heritage when Istanbul served as the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The iconic Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics; the Blue Mosque is famed for its magnificent blue Iznik tilework interior. The Roman-era Hippodrome and Egyptian obelisks continue to prevail in this historic city.
Istanbul offers an array of cultural experiences, a perfect balance between the traditional and contemporary and a fusion of East and West. Whether you decide to immerse yourself in Istanbul’s history, discover the bustling bazaars and local designer stores, capture a picture-perfect sunset or relish the wide range of food experiences, we invite you to discover the secrets of this incredibly lively city.