About Istanbul & Turkey
Turkey has recently become one of the world's most popular tourism destinations due to its beautiful landscape, unique historical and archeological sites, exotic culture and modern infrastructure. Turkey’s unique geographical position has ensured a rich and diverse history.
With its enourmous tourism potential and a great diversity of its natural resources, historical treasures, cultural heritages, popular attractions, Turkish tourist industry offers wide selection of products that can satisfy the demand of different market segments including the most sophisticated and demanding travelers. Efficient and dynamic human resources are the key elements in that success story.
Lures of the major cities and resort centers, world famous Turkish cuisine as well as international ones, restaurants, bars, entertaintment life, cultural activities can appeal tourisits from all over the world.
Turkey’s Leading City for Medica Travel: İstanbul
Once named Byzantium and Constantople, İstanbul is Europe’s most populous city with 12 million inhabitants. Being the center of Turkey’s cultural, economical, business and social life, İstanbul is a unique cosmopolitan city with her popular historical heritage. It is the only city in the world that is literally located at where two continents meet; Asia and Europe.
The city’s natural beauty and historical mosques, churches, bazaars and palaces attract visitors from all around the world. Today, the city is a modern metropolis connecting continents and cultures.
SOME OF THE MUST SEE PLACES IN İSTANBUL
- Topkapı Palace: Topkapı Palace, located in Istanbul, was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, from 1465 to 1853. The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainment. Today, it is a major tourist attraction.
- Dolmabahçe Palace: The Dolmabahçe Palace, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire, was home to six sultans from 1856 to 1924. The design of the palace contains elements from the baroque and neoclassical styles, blended with Ottoman architecture. The décor of the palace reflects the increasing influence of European styles. The palace contains 285 rooms and 6 Turkish baths.
- Yıldız Palace and Park: Yıldız Palace was one of the last residences of the Ottoman sultans. The palace was established by Selim III for his mother at the end of the 18th century. Over the years, new villas and mansions were built each by a different master. Thus, a collection of different architectural styles have evolved with time. Today the palace and the park overlooking the Bosphorus has become a popular weekend getaway.
- Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia): Ayasofya, originally built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 537 AD, was initially used as a church for over 900 years and then became a mosque for nearly 500 years. In 1935, Atatürk, Turkey’s first President, declared it a museum.
- Sultan Ahmed Mosque: The Sultan Ahmed Mosque ppularly known as the Blue Mosque for its blue tiles.It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it comprises a tomb of its founder. Today, although it is still used as a mosque, it has become a popular tourist attraction. Please be aware that the mosque is closed for about an hour for visiting during the praying time.
- Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Since its opening in 1461, it has been an important trading centre. The bazaar is well known for its carpet, jewelry, pottery, antique, and spice shops. It has 22 doors.
- Maiden’s Tower: The first notes about The Maiden’s Tower dates back to B.C. 410. The older name of the tower was the Leander's Tower. It has eyewitnessed everything about the city throughout the history. This tower was constructed during the ancient age and through the renovations from the ages of the Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, the tower has reached to its present appereance. Used as a lighthouse for centuries, today, the tower is open to the public during the day as a cafe-restaurant with an excellent view of Istanbul. Small boats make trips to the tower several times a day.
- Galata Tower: Galata Tower, built in 1384 during an expansion of the Genoese colony, is one of the oldest and most important towers of the world. During the Ottoman period the tower was used as an observation tower for spotting fires. You can see the panoramic view of Istanbul from Galata Tower.
- Santralistanbul: It is an art centre with its exhibition galleries. The Silahtarağa Power Plant, preserved and converted into Santralİstanbul, was the first urben-scale power plant of Ottoman Empire. Visiting hours are between 10 am-8 pm everyday except Mondays.
- İstanbul Museum of Modern: Founded in 2004, İstanbul Modern offers a wide range of services including permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, photography gallery, library, cinema center, cafe and a design store. Museum hours are between 10.00 am - 6.00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday; until 8 pm on Thursdays. The museum is closed on Mondays.
- Miniaturk: : Miniaturk is the world's largest park of architectural miniatures. The park contains 105 selected works of the terriotories of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire in a scale of 1/25.