Istanbul is located in Turkey. It is the most populous Turkish city and a center of commerce for the entire country. The city was founded during the time of the Byzantium Empire. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, situated on the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia. The Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea also wash its shores. The commercial and the historical centers of the city lie on the European side. However, the third part of city’s population lives on the Asian side.
The region was part of the Silk Road during medieval times. That has played a major role in its popularity as a cultural center and the fact that it is a global city. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. Its historic center is the biggest attraction and also makes Istanbul a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Places of interest include the natural harbor The Golden Horn. It is a cultural hub. If you are in the region, make sure to visit Istanbul Archaeology Museums, the Pera Museum, and the Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul is famous for its nightlife, as well as its historical taverns. While the Istiklal Avenue, originally known for its taverns, has shifted towards shopping, the neighboring Nevizade Street is still filled with taverns, pubs, and wine houses. Other nightlife spots in the city are Nişantaşı, Ortaköy, Bebek, and Kadıköy.
Seafood restaurants also make Istanbul famous. You can find them along the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The Prince Islands, situated 15 km away from the city center, are a popular vacation destination, particularly due to their seafood restaurants, along with historical summer mansions, car-free streets, and the tranquility.
Istanbul is a popular shopping destination as well. It has numerous shopping centers and traditional Oriental markets, such as the Grand Bazaar, founded in 1461. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest markets. Galleria Ataköy opened in 1987 and ushered in the age of modern shopping malls. Since then, the shopping malls have become major shopping spots in Istanbul.
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