One of the most popular travel destinations in the world, vibrant Istanbul embodies both ancient and modern. A center point of history for multiple empires and the final stop along the Silk Road, the city is a destination for culture and history lovers. Rugs and textiles, mosques, sites built upon sites, museums, galleries; present day Istanbul is a flourishing city unlike any other in the world.
Founded under the name Byzantium in 660 BCE this was the final stage of the Silk Road, Istanbul is a natural strategic location that brought the Greeks, Persians, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans who finally stayed. Byzantium and Constantinople were the former names of this city of empires before becoming Istanbul.
What It Is Known For
One of the premier cultural centers of the world with long and rich history.
The city is one of the most cosmopolitan in the world where Middle Eastern and Western cultures can be experienced at the same time. Fashionable boutiques to street merchants along with diverse types of food that can be tasted in every corner of the city.
The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) was built in 1616, known for the blue tiled interior, unique feature of the skyline is a globally sought after destination to visit.
Taking a boat tour through the Bosphorus Strait is a chance to observe the area and learn its history.
Escape the crowded city and take a ferry tour to the Princes’ Islands or take a half day trip to the 4th century Sumela Monastery near the Black Sea.