Istanbul

Istanbul is the city at the centre of the world, where east meets west to connect people, religions and cultures in a harmonious manner.

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Istanbul has a dense historical past, having been the capital of four different empires, including the Roman, Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Throughout the city, you can still see memorabilia of these fascinating milestones in history, making it an excellent choice for a cultural escape.

Turkish cuisine is an eclectic mix of punchy spices, grilled meats and mezes, with meals being at the centre of socialising for friends and families alike. Furthermore, Turkish people are renowned for their hospitality and jovial demeanours, so you can expect to be warmly welcomed into any hotel or restaurant you enter.

Over the past 10 years or so, as Istanbul has become more and more cosmopolitan, consequently the wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants have continued to grow. The city has become celebrated for its vibrant, atmospheric nightlife, with many rooftop bars and venues attracting a more trendy and urban crowd.

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Dolmabahçe Palace
Erected towards the middle of the 19th century, the Dolmabahçe Palace is a stunning architectural monument that is gonna fill your social media feeds with the most beautiful pictures ever. The gardens surrounding it are an added bonus.
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Topkapi Palace Museum
Full of character and charm, impressive and inspiring, Topkapi Palace Museum has a history of more than half a millennium. The elegance of the place is mesmerising and the stories about the events that happened between its walls will definitely catch your attention. Definitely a must see!
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Hagia Sophia Museum
Describing Hagia Sophia in words is impossible. However, this fabulous architectural monument of international fame has gained its reputation for a reason: its jaw dropping beauty, its out of this world grandeur, its historic significance, its symbolic value, all of these and much, much more.
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Nuhun Gemisi Halicilik
When shopping in Istanbul, with so many tempting options to choose from it’s hard to know whom to trust for the best deals. Noah’s Ark is the place to go for authentic handmade carpets, kilims, sumaks and other soft furnishings—including silk carpets.
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Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Take a break from the overwhelming Turkish palaces and venture into this modern art museum for a breath of fresh air. Paintings, sculptures, photography, glass installation, bronze and leather exhibits, all of these cover a 4-floor building dedicated entirely to local modern art.
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Grand Bazaar
One simply cannot think about Istanbul without immediately associating it with the hustle and bustle of its overwhelming bazaars. Grand Bazaar is an unmissable spot to visit for an excellent choice of souvenirs, sweets, gifts or simply for practising your negotiation techniques. Taste the sweets, bargain w...
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Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Showcasing, among others, calligraphic art and paintings from the Ottoman era, this Museum of Fine Arts should definitely be on the list of every art lover visiting the capital of Turkey. Also, the beautiful garden offers amazing views of the Bosphorus.
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santralistanbul
Part of the art campus of Bilgi University, Santralistanbul comprises a contemporary art, a museum of energy, an amphitheatre, a concert hall and a library. Among the highlights of the museum is the Turkish painter Abidin Dino, whose works you should not miss.

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