Istanbul - known as the capital of capital, is the only city in the world who turn up on two continents and was the capital over two consecutive empires: the Byzantine and the Ottoman Islamic Christian. Although it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire, outside official capital Ankara, Istanbul remains the commercial capital, Turkey's historical and cultural. Town beauty lies in how combining opposites: ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly.
Being the capital of two empires totally different than 2000 years, there are many historical sites in Istanbul. Diverse history is reflected in the old churches, mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars. Prosperous commercial area of the Taksim and Nisantasi (the largest malls in the world) zumzaie life and entertainment. Brilliant beauty of the Bosphorus, Princess Islands and parks bring a little peace and quiet in the bustling metropolis of Istanbul.
Istanbul is a national center for arts and culture. International Festival of Art takes place every year in June, coming here from all over the world famous artists. They give performances at the Ataturk Cultural Centre. Scientific Center of Istanbul, founded the Foundation Center of Scientific and Technical University campus located, offers adults and children with different levels of experimental and theoretical education opportunities. Classical music lovers can Cemal Resit Rey visiting room. Opera, operetta, ballet, concerts, films, exhibitions and conferences, all make up the cultural palette of Istanbul.
Night entertainment is rich in Istanbul. Nightclubs offering entertainment during dinner, the Turkish songs to belly dance oriental. In addition, there are modern discos (see those on the shore of the Bosphorus), cabarets and jazz clubs in the Taksim-Harbiye district. The Sultanahmet district there are a number of restaurants in restored Byzantine and Ottoman buildings, offering a unique for an evening.
Another attractive district in Istanbul is Kumkapi, with tavernas, bars and restaurants. People meet for years at Cicek Passage in Beyoglu district together to enjoy raki and seafood specialties. Cicek Passage is also close Nevizade narrow street, the best place in Istanbul where you can enjoy specialties and Turkish raki, the Turkish alcoholic beverage specific. On the Bosporus shore, Ortaköy is the center of night life in Istanbul, jazz clubs, restaurants and bars prepared sea. Along the coast are restaurantede first class, overlooking the Bosphorus. Other interesting districts in Istanbul are Haydarpasa, Uskudar, Eyup, Galata, Perapalas, Eminönü.
According to legend, Istanbul was founded in 667 BC by megarianul Byzas But before, visited Byzas Oracle of Delphi to ask advice about the location of the community who wanted her founding. Oracle predicted that he will establish a city vis-à-vis "the blind". Searching this place, arrived in the peninsula Byzas Golden Horn, the place where today is the Topkapi Palace. Being fascinated by the beauty of the place, he was surprised how the civilization that lived on land other - Chalcedony in Asia - could go to see a location so beautiful and so close, the European realm. For this reason he considered "blind" and so oracle prophecy came true.
By Maria Morari
The most beautiful places in the Middle East .
Istanbul in Turkey - Istanbul night view
Istanbul in Turkey - View of Istanbul
Istanbul in Turkey - Blue Mosque view
Istanbul in Turkey - Bosphorus view
Istanbul in Turkey - Levent financial district in Istanbul
Istanbul in Turkey - Dolmache Palace view
Istanbul in Turkey - Covered Bazaar view
Istanbul in Turkey - Topkapi Palace view
Istanbul in Turkey - Blue Mosque view
Istanbul in Turkey - Hagia Sofia Basilica