Istanbul; the world’s one of the most ancient metropolis with its rich history and wonderful nature. With its 8.500 years of history, İstanbul is the former capital of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Istanbul is the only city in the world standing upon 2 continents, Asia and Europe, with the perfect blend of cultures and heritage from both sides.
As host to many different cultures and civilisations as well as to people of various, religions, cultures and languages throughout the ages, Istanbul has always preserved its cosmopolitan feel. Istanbul is as much a world capital now as it was in the past.
The city is also the global art and cultural center with international fairs, film, music and theater, festivals, biennial, museums, art galleries, exhibitions and sports organizations like İstanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture and İstanbul 2012 European Capital of Sport. 21th century’s İstanbul is the world’s one of the most important metropolises.
While history may ooze from every street, Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city mixing exciting contemporary attractions and designer shops with timeless monuments and Unesco World Heritage sites. It is also a modern metropolis with trendy cafes and clubs, which is a fascinating surprise to any visitor.
Istanbul has always been the “financial capital” of Turkey. As the youngest population in top European Cities, Istanbul’s high-quality educational institutions, cultural diversity and enviable lifestyle have transformed the city into an internationally recognized for human resources. The city’s 53 universities and 5 techo parks give a clue to Istanbul being a hub of learning, inspiration and innovation.
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