All about Istanbul: Travel guides, information, tips, photos, etc.
Istanbul is one of the most diverse cities in the world. The former Constantinople and Byzantium was built on seven hills and two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. If there is a smooth transition from Europe to Asia Minor, between Christian and Islamic cultures, then it's here. The EU also acknowledged this by naming Istanbul the Capital of Culture 2010.
A juxtaposition of Byzantine and Ottoman roots dominates the cityscape: Occidental highlights include the Hagia Sophia and the Church of... more