Istanbul is one of the world’s most magical cities. Situated on the shores of the Bosphorus, the unique flavours of East and West meet for the first time. It is the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents, literally bridging Europe and Asia together.
Historically known as Constantinople, the city has also been called “The City on Seven Hills” as it was built by Constantine the Great, to match the seven hills of Rome. As well as being the center of an imperial dynasty, its unique position at the center of two continents made the city a magnet for international commerce, culture and diplomacy, and it became the natural seat of power to many great empires of the old world.
Today’s Istanbul embraces the history of the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, and combines these effortlessly with a modern-day lifestyle. The city’s tradition of religious, cultural and political diversity has created a rich culture of multifaceted heritage and harmonious people that welcome its visitors with open arms.
Let’s meet where the continents meet!