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Welcome to Istanbul


Continent: Europe
Region: Marmara
Population 14,025,646 (2015)
Dialing Code: +90
Currency: Turkish lira ₺ (TRY)
Time zone: EET (UTC +2)
Official language:  Turkish




Historically known as Constantinople, Istanbul is a city in Europe that reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled there. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It is one of the world’s most populous cities and ranks as the world’s 7th largest city and the largest European city.

Istanbul is located between the black Sea and Marmara Sea and is the only city in the world standing on 2 continents, Asia and Europe, resulting in a blend of culture and heritage from both sides.
The Bosphorus straight cutting through the city through its centre serves as the point of separation and Ferry services.  The European side is also divided into two by the Golden Horn or Halic. Istanbul is the only route by maritime traffic originating from countries such as Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine which gives access to the Mediterranean Sea

Istanbul today is mainly Turkish although it may feel cosmopolitan perhaps due to the reach of the Ottoman Empire .Many of Istanbul’s landmarks are UNESCO World heritage sites. The city is also filled with temples, catacombs and remains of massive medieval city walls.Today, the city of Istanbul is buzzing with busy traffic choked streets, chaotic markets, classy shopping hubs and cafes. There is also a flourishing arts and music scene as well as art galleries and designer fashion outlets.