Istanbul (Turkey) Reviews
Description:City: Istanbul / Country: Turkey / Country Region: Marmara / World Region: Asia / "Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul, ... more
Istanbul (Turkey) ... Greek: Κωνσταντινούπολη, historically Byzantium and later Constantinople) is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located at 41° N 29° E, on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul (Constantinople) served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330-395), the Byzantine Empire (395-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The "Historic Areas of Istanbul" were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985."
Newest Review: ... yourselves lucky. There are loads of cultural events taking place all over Istanbul from jazz, rock, pop, classical concerts to some wonderful exhibitions. If you are into galleries and exhibitions that you should definetly check out the two major galleries: Istanbul Modern and Santral Istanbul. There are also many more galleries and museums which offer more historical works. If you ... more
Customer Istanbul (Turkey) Reviews (11)
by - written on 09/02/10 (Somewhat useful, 19 readings)
One of the most romantic cities in the world, Istanbul will offer you so much that you wouldn't like to leave the city. This year (2010) it is the European culture capital so if you are travelling to Istanbul this year, count yourselves lucky. There are loads of cultural events taking place all over Istanbul from jazz, rock, pop, classical concerts to some wonderful exhibitions. If you are into galleries and exhibitions that you should definetly check out the two major galleries: Istanbul Modern and Santral Istanbul. There are also many more galleries and museums which offer more historical works. If you want to see the touristic places, then ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/04/09 (Very useful, 54 readings)
Everything people say about this city is true- romantic , busy , bustling, ancient , fascinating. It is also a young city as , its population , currently estimated at anywhere between 15 and 20 million, depending on who you ask, is more than 60 % below the age of 35. This lends the city a vibrancy that grabs you by the throat . Getting there in summer is not cheap but there are still some bargains to be had if you don't mind which airport you go from or dont mind a stop over. Swiss air often is cheap but you pay for everything extra on board the flight and will change in Zurich. There is much to do there and even if you think you aren't interested in Roman or ... Read the complete review
by - written on 02/02/09 (Very useful, 27 readings)
Despite visiting Istanbul last in Summer 2007, I am very keen to add my voice to the positive reviews as I absolutely loved my time there and am desperate to return. While Inter-railing, my partner and I arrived in Istanbul on a 2 day, 2 night train journey from Budapest... now that bit I don't recommend! After my partner had his card swallowed in the station cash point, we stepped out into the heat to be confronted by hoards of milling people, haggling diners at kebab stands and the sight of a very large hill in the direction we were pointed. Shouldering our backpacks and pushing initial misgivings to one side, we set off to our Hostel, the Antique Hostel in the middle . Read the complete review
by - written on 11/05/04, updated on 11/05/04 (Very useful, 219 readings)
The light blinded me as I stepped out onto the roof-terrace where I was going to have my breakfast. My first view of Istanbul in daylight was wondrous. The Marmara Sea, on one side, covered in a haze as the sun did not fully manage to burn through the light clouds. On the other side of the hotel, the magnificent domes and minarets of Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque overlooking the scenery. Instantly I knew that I wouldn?t be able not to return to this place at least once in my lifetime. GOING THERE I used expedia.co.uk to book my flight from London, and got a rather good deal flying with KLM via Amsterdam for app. £220 return. Since I wanted to go for ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/07/02, updated on 08/07/02 (36 readings)
The proverbail joint of East and West,istanbul conbines the beauties of both Europe and Asia in a city separated by the strait of bosporus.No other city is so well known for featuring beautiful Orthodox cathedrals complemented with the dome-shaped mosques that are a symbol of islam. In many respects,istanbul is no different than any other European city.But at 5PM,the melange of cultures that makes istanbul unique becomes very clear,The islamic prayer is broadcast throughout the city [like the American Express commercial],and when you realize that is normal,it really puts the city in perspective. The food in turkey is quite good. The seafood in ... Read the complete review
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