Coveted by empires across the centuries, straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is one of the world’s great metropolises. Founded around 1000 BC, the colony of Byzantium grew into the Byzantine Empire’s great capital of Constantinople and after the Ottoman conquest of the city, retained its glorious place as the heart of their empire
Istanbul has served as the capital of both of these great Empires and as Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “If the world were a single state Istanbul would be its capital.” After all, Istanbul is the bridge that binds the two continents Europe and Asia.
The city itself is a place of art, containing many historic and architectural masterpieces pertaining to many religions and cultures that has passed by it but also is home to many museums and oldest of bazaars where you can find every kind of spice, clothing, tea, utensil, toy, watch, bag, shoe…you name it really.
It is a city with incredible history, amazing culture, lively interesting people, something for everyone, beautiful skylines, the azure waters of the Bosporus, and restaurants/cafes everywhere. There is much to do for any traveler or resident and you wont get bored. It is historic in places and modern in others – you just move seamlessly through both. I am still taking it in, and visitors almost never forget their trip.