10-REASONS TO VISIT ISTANBUL

1. To witness the history of the Byzantine Empire, which was formed when the
Roman Empire split up as eastern and western empires in 395,

2. To see the lands which the Byzantine Empire existed on for over one thousand years.
To see the capital which has been carried from Roman times to today’s Istanbul,

3. To witness the 600 year long adventure of the Ottoman Empire’s most glorious times, and the founding of the Republic

4. To see the palaces which summarize the 600 year Ottoman adventure, especially the
Topkapı  Palace and the marvelous buildings, churches, bazaars, fountains, cisterns and streets in the surrounding Sultanahmet area,

5. To witness the magnificent atmosphere of Hagia Sophia, the greatest Christian temple
which still stands,

6. To feel the pulse of Europe’s first, and the world’s 5th largest city, with its population of 13.8 million,

7. To become a part of the cultural wealth brought on by the coexistence of the modern
and the traditional,

8. To experience going from Europe to Asia in five minutes by boat or by car (during low traffic hours),

9. To watch Asia from Europe, Europe from Asia, and be a part of the
“fish by the Bosphorus”  tradition while watching,

10. To be able to answer the question “How can the people of one city be both Westerners
and Easterners?”