This ancient city on the famous Silk Road was a center for trade and commerce and has been at the crossroads of East and West for two millennia. From the start, different cultures and people traded, worked and lived together creating one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities. Today, Istanbul is a feast for the mind, eye, and palate: beautiful mosques, art, culture, history, and sensational food is found around every corner. This, combined with the warm hospitality and joie de vivre of the locals, make Istanbul a wonderful destination for your next trip.
Home to the Ottoman sultans for 400 years, this compound originally hosted entertainments, state celebrations, and ceremonies.
Photo by Jeffrey Lafever.
Known for its famous blue tiles, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built to show the grandeur and power of the Ottoman Empire.
Photo by Clarissa Ng.
This massive underground collection vessel is located near the Haggia Sofia and was once the original site of a massive Basilica. Be sure to spend time looking at the carved columns.
Photo by Natasha Amar.
Established in the 15th century, this sprawling marketplace offers amazing treasure hunting amidst the odoriferous spice stalls. Be sure to block out an afternoon to get the full experience.
Photo by Little Mermaid at Sea.
Construction began in the 16th century by the Sultan Süleyman. It is one of the most recognizable sites in Istanbul.
Photo by Emiko Atherton.
First a church, then a mosque, and now a museum since 1948, it is a showcase of beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics and frescoes.
Photo by Travel Notes & Beyond.
The passageway between East and West, this body of water has been a historic crossing since ancient times.
Photo by MiMi DiZ.