Istanbul is one of the great cities on Earth. For thousands of years this has been a point where east meets west and a crossroads of civilization. Part of the city is in Europe and part is in Asia. Enjoy this experience in Istanbul

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The Blue Mosque was the 17th century triumph of Sultan Ahmet I, it has a six minarets that rival the great mosque in Mecca – the holiest in all Islam. It is a great church to visit.

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Turks love to meet at Ortakoy – just under the massive bridge that connects Europe with Asia. Here you can many coffee shops where you can enjoy the Turkish tea, play backgammon board and  to try narghile.

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In the Hippodrome you see some ancient roots. This is a place where you can see the originally ancient Egyptian Obelisk, which is basically a massive stone tower.

Hagia Sophia is the great church for both the Christians and the Muslims. Today this church is a museum which marks the high point of byzantine architecture.

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The Bosphorus is where you can enjoy some delicious Turkish street food, and a chance to see the city from the water – with Europe on one side and Asia on other. The dramatic bosphorus bridge was the first bridge ever to span two continents.

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In the Old Town of Istanbul you can visit the spice market, filled with any spice you can ever imagine.

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Another attraction is the Topkapi palace, it was built in 15th century and was the power center of the Ottoman empire for many years.

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You can’t go to Istanbul and not visit the Grand Bazaar. It has more than four thousand shops, fragrant eateries and insistent shopkeepers.

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Heading in the New Town you can visit Taksim square which is Istanbul’s contemporary heart. It is the best example of modern Turkey.

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Istanbul brings east and west together with a complex weave of a modern affluence and traditional Muslim faith. It is a city well worth experiencing it.