Istanbul is one of the most important cities in the world because of its cultural and historical richness. The city is located in the Marmara Region of Turkey. It is also located at where two continents meet; both Asia and Europe. It is the only city that stands on two continents and this position brings Eastern and Western cultures together.
European Side is the western half of Istanbul, located west of the Bosphorus and the Anatolian Side is the eastern half of the city that located east of the Bosphorus. Also, Bosphorus connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The city has two airports. The airport is located on the European side of Istanbul is Ataturk Airport (IST). The second airport is Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and it is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. The city has a strategic position in past and present and built on seven hills. These seven hills are The Topkapi Palace, Cemberlitas, Beyazit, Fatih, Yavuzselim, Edirnekapı, and Kocamustafapasa.
Istanbul was the capital of two of the greatest empires and two sacred religious in history. So, you can see traces of the past from all over the city. As the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, present day Istanbul retains the history that emerged form the city and integrates its historical values to the modern life.
Istanbul offers a distinct beauty all months of the year. It has different things to offer visitors in each season. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Istanbul that it has more places than you can shake a stick at. You can see all the beauty and details side by side in almost every corner of the city where Eastern and Western cultures come together.
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