Istanbul is a cradle of civilizations, known as Constantinople and Islambol. For years, it has been the capital of great empires such as Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire. Having a settlement history of 8500 years, urban history of nearly 3,000 years, and a capital history dating back to 16 hundreds, Istanbul is located at the meeting point of the European and Asian continents.

This beautiful city has hosted different civilizations and cultures for long ages and preserved its cosmopolitan structure where people from various religions, languages, and races lived together, and has become parts of the unique mosaic during the course of history.

One of the rare settlements in the world that has managed to become a center and stay that way for periods, Istanbul has been a world capital from past to present.

With its historical monuments, magnificent palaces and mosques, entertainment structure, and cultural mix, Istanbul still hosts thousands of tourists and exhibits all her beauty to the guests.