Istanbul, Turkey
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About Istanbul, Turkey

  • Population: 12 million
  • Distance from Ankara: 218 miles
  • Distance from Rome: 855 miles
A view of Levent, one of the main business districts in Istanbul and home to the city's tallest buildings.

A view of Levent, one of the main business districts in ...

Think of cities with a long, rich history and Istanbul will be among them. Founded as “Byzantium” around 660 BC, it was also known as Constantinople. Upon the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the city was renamed Istanbul and it has become the cultural and economic center of Turkey. The city and region’s long and extensive history is evident in historic ruins and buildings which coexist with the high rises, art, and culture of a modern, bustling city.

When living in Istanbul, you will experience a culture rooted in thousands of years of history and influenced by countless civilizations. For centuries, Turkey has been a crossroads of religions, not only of Islam and Christianity, but also of many others now forgotten by history. A list of historical figures and civilizations that lived in, invaded, conquered, or were conquered by what is now Turkey is impressive and spans centuries.

The Asian side is a ferry ride away

The Asian side is a ferry ride away

Istanbul is a beautiful waterfront city, situated on the strait of Bosphorus, and is the only city in the world to span two continents. One of the oldest existing cities in the world, you will benefit from Istanbul’s mixture of culture, art, and religion from both east and west. Cultural, archaeological, and historical sites in Istanbul include magnificent palaces, fountains, tombs, Turkish baths, churches, mosques, cisterns, and city walls that remain from the Byzantium period. It also has the attractions of a modern city, with art, design, music, fashion, shopping, and cuisine to enjoy and savor. Turkish cuisine is renowned as some of the world’s best, drawing influence from all corners of the former Ottoman Empire. The city has extensive public transportation—ferry system, metro, and buses. The climate is temperate and you’ll experience all four seasons.