Istanbul

Istanbul is a city of unparalleled social and cultural richness. It is as fascinating and historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving as the capital of two mighty empires incessantly for sixteen centuries, Eastern Roman or Byzantine and Ottoman, and set squarely between two continents, Istanbul has cultures and traditions that blend East with West and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each civilization that has made Istanbul its home has left its mark in sublime and splendid ways, and the result a city that gives one the feeling of universal history at every step.

With a definitely multicultural touch and a vibrant atmosphere rooted deep in the past experience of humanity while facing toward the future, Istanbul is truly as much a crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever. For how many cities in the world is home to ages old churches, mosques, and synagogues in such a close proximity, showing us the possibility of a community formed of different cultures living in a state of peace and tolerance that stems from a shared human past and belief in the future?

Istanbul has always been a meeting place, a crosspoint and a destination. With the Ataturk Istanbul International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, getting to and from Istanbul has never been easier. With a capacity of far over 25 million travelers per year Istanbul is surprisingly within reach – in fact, it’s less than a three-hour flight from most European cities. Located at the crossroads of East and West, Istanbul offers easy air connections and is served by more than 50 major airlines to hundreds of cities around the world.

  • 8500 years of history
  • Former capital of 3 empires
  • 4 seasons
  • 1 million population
  • 8 million foreign visitors in 2017
  • 3 bridges between 2 continents
  • 3 international airports
  • 112.000 bed capacity
  • Istanbul 2010-European Capital of Culture
  • Istanbul 2012 – European Capital of Sport
  • 38 districts
  • 78 public and private museums
  • 114 modern shopping malls
  • 5 imperial palaces, dozens of summer palaces and mensions
  • 4 historical bazaars
  • 56 universities & 7 technoparks