Istanbul information

Due to its three-thousand-year old history it is considered as one of the oldest still existing cities of the world. Istanbul is chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2010. Istanbul is sometimes called the "City on Seven Hills" because the historic peninsula which is the oldest part was built on seven hills, also represented with seven mosques, one at the top of each hill.

Istanbul encloses the southern Bosphorus which divides it into a western, European and into an eastern, Asiatic area. The Golden Horn, a Bosphorus bay running to the west, separates the European part into a southern, between Marmara Sea and Golden Horn lying peninsula which is the historical Istanbul and the northern quarter to the historical Galata. Both to the west, to the north and the east Istanbul exceeds far over historical quarters. In the southeast the Prince's Islands belonging to Istanbul lie. The city boundaries cover a surface of 1.538,77 km2.

ISTANBUL MOSQUES
  • Blue Mosque
  • Suleymanive
  • Fatih Mosque
ISTANBUL MONUMENTS
  • Aghia Sophia
  • Hippodrome
  • Land Walls
  • Rumeli Hissari
ISTANBUL PALACES
  • Top Kapi
  • Bleylerbeyi Palace
  • Ciragan Palace
  • Kucuksu Palace
  • Yildiz Palace
ISTANBUL MUSEUMS
  • Archeological
  • Chora
  • Islamic arts
  • Underground cistern
  • Mosaic museum
ISTANBUL TOWERS
  • Bevazit Tower
  • Galata Tower
  • Clock Tower
ISTANBUL SUBURBS
  • The Princes islands
  • Uskudar