Istanbul shares attributes from Asia and Europe, and develops a unique culture of its own. The mix of ancient architecture and contemporary lifestyle has successfully attracted numerous tourists from all over the world. The city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) would easily keep tourists engaged with the dynamics. It’s no surprise Istanbul enters top 10 in TripAdvisor’s best traveling place in the world.
Istanbul the capital of Turkey, eastern tourist city. (Copyright: Seqoya)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JULY 31, 2014: The Taksim-Tunel Nostalgia Tram trundles along the streets of Taksim on July 31, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Vincent St. Thomas / Shutterstock)
Rumeli Fortress at Istanbul Turkey – architecture background (Copyright: Tatiana Popova)
Istanbul, Turkey – October 11, 2009: Airport workers and cars on Ataturk international Airport (alessen / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 23,2015:Yahya Efenfi shrine in istanbul.Yahya Efendi, one of the well-known scholars ottoman empire (istanbul_image_video / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 28: Old photographer in red booth with feed for pigeons flying in front of him, Istanbul, Turkey on November 28, 2014 (Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 29: Woman sitting in showcase and making pitas for sale, Istanbul, Turkey on November 29, 2014 (Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 10, 2015: Grand Bazaar in Istanbul with unidentified people. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops (Christian Mueller / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, May1: People shopping in the Grand Bazar in Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest covered markets in the world, Istanbul, May 1, 2013 (Rob van Esch / Shutterstock.)
Collection of turkish ceramics on sale at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. (Copyright: Yulia Grigoryeva)
ISTANBUL,TURKEY – October 24,2014 : Unidentified cook slice doner kebap to serve customers around Eminonu district ,Istanbul (Yavuz Sariyildiz / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL – SEPTEMBER 10: Hagia Sophia – ancient basilica on September 10, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. For almost 500 years the principal mosque, Ayasofya served as a model for many other mosques (vvoe / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL – JUNE 24: Interior dome and artwork of The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) on June 24, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.The Blue Mosque is the biggest and one of the oldest mosque in Istanbul. (Sanchai Kumar / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL – AUGUST 8: Medusa head in the Basilica Cistern, August 8, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. It is 143m long and 65m wide underground water container, the one of most popular tourist attraction. (S-F / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MAY 16, 2014 – Tourists before Hagia Sophia, in a teahouse in Istanbul, Turkey (steve estvanik / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL – MAY 26, 2013: Tourists visit the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya). Church of Hagia Sophia is the greatest monument of Byzantine Culture and tourist attraction. (Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JUNE 5, 2015: Brown tabby cat sleeping on the floor inside Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) in Istanbul, Turkey. (Halina Arapova / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL,TURKEY – APRIL 08, 2015: Tourist watching map near Sultanahmet square,The Sultanahmet square is the popular tourist place with the numerous landmarks and museums, on April 08 Istanbul, Turkey (Panom / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – December 6: Tourist information office in Istanbul. Tourists looking at the map of Istanbul. December 6, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Resul Muslu / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL – MAY 27, 2013: Traffic on the narrow streets of city. Istanbul – a very ancient city, which attracts many tourists from around the world. (Viacheslav Lopatin / Shutterstock)
Turkish brokers sit at Istanbul Stock Exchange in Istanbul, 26 August 2015, Turkey, Istanbul. Istanbul Stock Exchange has been renewed in 2015. (Orlok / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY, JUNE 11, 2015: People leaving the vagon at Beyoglu Tunel, a short historic underground railway line in Istanbul with two stations, connecting the quarters of Karakoy and Beyoglu. (Ozgur Guvenc / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 01: Cevahir Mall on January 01, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre is one of the largest shopping mall in the world. (Radu Bercan / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 9, 2015: Kanyon Shopping Mall that is open air in a modern district of Levent in Istanbul. Levent is a financial center of the city with shopping malls and business offices. (berna namoglu / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – DEC 27, 2015 – Tourists at Miniaturk park in istanbul, the largest miniature park in the world. The park contains 105 buildings (Lisa-Lisa / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – FEBRUARY 03, 2013: Fish sandwich shop boats next to a famous mosque of Istanbul. (Pakpoom Khamchuai / Shutterstock)
Traffic at Eminonu harbor, near Galata bridge, Istanbul – 1st May 2014 (Ajan Alen / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JULY 29: Hundreds of tourists and local Turks hang out along the Bosphorus as night comes on on July 29, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Vincent St. Thomas / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 10: Ramadan Bazaar in Sultanahmet square (Koraysa / Shutterstock)
ISTANBUL,TURKEY- APRIL 17: Turkish Soldier Statue on April 17, 2015 in Istanbul. Its located at Istanbul, to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. (Prehistorik / Shutterstock)
Istanbul – Turkey
By Hannah Rollmaker
The city of Istanbul in turkey is sometimes also referred to “Constantinople”. The city is the largest city in Turkey both according to area and population. Istanbul has approximately 12.6 million residents in its boundaries. The city is considered as Turkey’s main platform and hub for culture, architecture, history and financial strategies. Istanbul totally includes 39 districts. Istanbul is the city which is located on two different continents. The covered area of Istanbul is approximately about 707 square miles which makes the city the fifth largest in the world according to population density liver per square miles. The location of Istanbul city is North West side of the Marmara region in turkey.
Turkey has very mild summers with high percentage of humidity but winters are very cold, windy and snow is very often in the city during winter season. Istanbul is slightly hot and humid in the months of May to September. The city has a humidity percentage of about 79%. Winters start from October and remain until April. The city mostly receives the rainfall and snow during the months of December, January, February and March. Maximum temperature during summers can be up to 25 degrees while in summers mostly in nights it can also fall below freezing point.
Economically Istanbul is a very strong city as it has a very high impact in the overall Turkish economy. Istanbul is the city which is very rich in producing cotton, tobacco, silk and many other products. Istanbul has also gained importance economically because it hosts all the sea ports of Turkey and also international airports. Istanbul has some of the major industries of Turkey which includes Rubber industry, metal ware, chemicals, leather, transport vehicles industries, glass and many others. The city also generates its revenue from the tourism department.
Istanbul also plays an important part in the field of education as the city has a number of private and public institutions having high reputation in world. The city has almost 20 universities which allows student to specialize in many different fields. Public sector institutions are preferred more in the city because of their good results and reputation. “Istanbul University” was established in 1453 and is regarded as the oldest ever university of Turkey. Since then it has provided quality education to the students of not only Turkey but also students from different areas of the worlds. Along with Istanbul University “Istanbul Technical University” is also of great importance as it is the world’s third oldest university in the field of technology established in 1773.
In the field of sports Istanbul and Turkey have started to dominate in sports like football, basketball and volleyball. Ataturk Stadium is the biggest stadium in Turkey. The stadium has the honor of hosting UEFA champions League Final of 2005 between Liverpool FC of England and Ac Milan of Italy. Istanbul is also very famous for hosting many types of motor sport races. Out of which “Formula One Turkish Grand Prix” is the most important one.