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Istanbul Old Town was built on a triangular shaped promontory defended by ancient walls. The walls on the coastal side have mostly gone, but those facing the land are still in reasonably good condition, with the walls and embankments of the imposing Topkapi Palace, forming the tip of the eastern boundary. The city has been known by a number of other names in the past, that seem to resonate through history, such as Byzantium, and Constantinople. For a while the city was also referred to as the “New Rome” and like Rome, Istanbul has been built over seven hills. On the first of the hills, along with the Topkapi Palace, can be found one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Hagia Sophia Mosque, now like the Topkapi Palace, a museum, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, better known to visitors as the Blue Mosque, and a unique tourist attraction, the Basilica Cistern.
Istanbul, the capital of turkey, has become one of the worlds “hot” tourist attractions. This is not surprising with a city with such a rich history and culture. Sitting astride the border between East and West, Istanbul has an abundance of “must see” sights to keep the visitor busy during the day, and a vibrant nightlife for those who wish it in the evenings.
The aim of this website is to introduce the city, and some of its iconic sights, to those thinking of, or about to, visit the historic city of Istanbul.
It is intended to add more information on more attractions, which we hope will be of benefit to those who wish to visit this magnificent city. If you would like to see a particular attraction featured, then please feel free to contact us with your suggestions.
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