Şişli is one of Istanbul’s 32 main neighborhoods on the city’s European side. It is at the exit from the Bosphorus Bridge, which connects Asia to Europe, although not by the sea. After the Republic, Sisli became one of Istanbul’s most affluent communities comprising local, international and non-Muslims in the upper class. There are a lot of old mosques in the area, Christian churches, and Jewish synagogues. It has also recently become one of Istanbul’s small business and finance centres, with some high-rises and new shopping malls like Cevahir Center, one of Europe’s biggest.