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Istanbul
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Istanbul

A city of many names, times, colors - and even two continents

The old Constantinople, seat of the Ottoman Empire, starts in Europe and finishes in Asia, across the Bosphorus. But even a first glimpse of the 1500-year-old mosques and Sultan palaces tells you it’s something completely different. Many visits are centered around Istanbul’s most famous attractions in touristy Sultanahmet. Here you can visit the Hagia Sophia (a massive church-turned-mosque-turned-museum filled with 9th-century mosaics), the always bustling 17th-century Blue Mosque, and the ornate 15th-century Topkapi Palace, home to sultans (and their harems). Then you can cleanse your pores at one of the several longstanding Hammams - Turkish baths (not for the shy). A short walk from Topkapi Palace is the Bazaar District, where it's fun to get lost in the maze of spice and rug sellers, a tradition dating to Byzantine times. To find Istanbul’s modern heart, cross the Golden Horn Bay just north to hilly Beyoglu, where Istanbul lets loose. From modern Taksim Square – several business hotels are nearby – the mile-long pedestrian-only Istiklal Street gets filled with a mind-numbing array of locals in headscarves or leather jackets, stopping in wild fish restaurants and gritty alley bars. A fine day trip is a ferry to Uskudar, where Asia begins.

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  • coole Stadt, stylish, gutes Essen, viele tolle Locations und sehr freundliche Leute und guter Service überall.
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  • eine äußerst interessante Stadt
    about a year ago report abuse
  • La mística ciudad, del paso a oriente
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  • io ci vivo e faccio la guida! i love this place!
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    Fantastic experience in this wonderful cosmopolitan city!!
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    Istanbul is a city of experiences.
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  • Must see city.
    a couple of years ago report abuse
  • Istanbul is like europan cities, but a little more mystic
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  • very good
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    I was there just two days and as I know a lot of Europe, I never thought that a city like Istanbul could be so admirable, intriguing, beautiful and much more. I really recommend this place.
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    I travel a lot, but I have never seen a city as pretty and fascinating as Istanbul. It's definitely worth traveling there.
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    I've been flying for 13 years to Turkey and Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. the best is the shopping.
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  • best stories of history, best examples of architecture, unique culture, countless alternatives for night life all inclusive...
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    Just an awesome, magical, nice city!
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    I was at sea for 8 years, saw many pretty places, but none of them were as magical as Istanbul......
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  • Istanbul is definetelly different than any other european cities. its history, geography, night life and a lot more makes istanbul really attractive, i have never met with anybody who does not want to go back to istanbul. its just magnificent city,i strongly recommend everybody to see istanbul once in their life.
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  • the one and only
    a couple of years ago report abuse
  • i am pretty sure , when you see istanbul you will love it :)
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    Fantastic city, must recommend it.
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  • you've never know how beautiful place ..so firstly go and see beauty..
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    Istanbul cultural capital 2010
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    yes two times. Turbulent goings-on, everyone is trying to make money.
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    the best city there is!
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    I'm not so into this city, but i guess the rain during our 4 days visit didn t help!! the visits were interesting and beautiful. But the people are not the most welcoming (except storekeepers obviously)
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    Istanbul ! A city you can't really describe with words, you can only experience it.
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  • incredible city of east meets west and new meets ancient.
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  • A lively, vibrant city! One of the most fascinating and multicultural cities I've been to!
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