East meets West
Linking two continents, Istanbul proudly embraces both its European and Asian heritage, and blends them both into a unique combination. For Millennia, Istanbul has been one of Eurasia’s leading cities. Traditional minarets now rise above this great modern metropolis, overlooking the renowned enchanting Bosporus.
Istanbul has a deep history, and one can surely spend days on a non-stop cultural experience exploring this old, yet somehow quite new, city. It has more than 2000 mosques, many of them ancient. Be sure to visit the Sultanahmet Camii, also known as the “Blue Mosque” because of the white-and-blue tiles that adorn the cupola and the upper part of the walls. Or visit Yeni Cami – “The New Mosque” which has 66 domes and semi domes, and is an architectural treat for the eyes.
Hagia Sophia is another impressive sight to visit, where one can observe the influences of both the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. It first started out as an Orthodox basilica – for centuries a symbol of the Orthodox Church, then became a mosque, and is now a museum.
Istanbul offers an abundance of museums for visitors looking to further explore deeper into its history, such as the Archaeological Museum – one of the most significant museums in Turkey, which contains over 15,000 archaeological finds representing many different civilizations. Or you could visit the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) which was a main center of power during most of the Ottoman Empire.
Stroll through the many dynamic bazaars or visit the spice markets for a unique experience. Beyond its history, Istanbul offers visitors an exciting and pulsating lifestyle. Visitors can enjoy dining in many of the city’s exquisite restaurants, snacking on Turkish delights, being wowed by its innovative galleries, partying in its stylish bars and clubs, and, of course, taking in the fabulous views of the majestic Bosporus.
Choose Air Mediterranean for your next trip to explore the enchanting city of Istanbul.