Istanbul, Turkey

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night life

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culture

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Map of Istanbul with roads and terrain

Transportation to Istanbul

Description

Called Byzantium in ancient times, the city's name was changed to Constantinople when it was rebuilt by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. It was renamed once again in 1928, becoming Istanbul, a name which had already been in use for centuries. The most populous city in Europe, Istanbul forms the financial centre of Turkey and confidently straddles the borders between Asia and Europe as it has for millennia: this is the result when you mix ancient Christendom, a medieval metropolis and the modern Middle East. Situated on either side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul still retains its metropolitan status: the city's population is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Lauded in antiquity as "the second Rome", this is a city where you most certainly should roam — culture and excitement lie around every corner and more than two thousand years of history await you.

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Accommodations in Istanbul

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Best Island Hostel

7.5
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Stray Cat Hostel

9.2
from 7
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New Fatih Hotel

8.2
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Nagehan Hotel Old City

8.7
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Top Things to Do in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Architectural Building

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Historic Site

Sultanahmet District

Historic Walking Area

Bosphorus Strait

Body of Water

Suleymaniye Mosque

Architectural Building

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Art Museum

Topkapi Palace

History Museum

Blue Mosque

Sacred & Religious Site

Basilica Cistern

Architectural Building

Cathedral Church of St George

Sacred & Religious Site

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Istanbul Travel Tips & Reviews

Mar 10, 2016

Istanbul really is one of the world's great cities, and it's easy to get lost here for a few days. I loved wandering the markets of the Grand Bazaar and taking in the amazing culture. The Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque are must sees, but my favorite hidden gem is a sunken-garden cafe outside the Suleymanie Mosque. I could spend hours lounging here, drinking tea and enjoying the conversation with the Turkish students. At night be sure to check out the bars and clubs off of Istiklal street!

Feb 23, 2016

Incredible city - a true mix between the east and west. Great food and friendly people. Would definitely recommend!

Popular Trips through Istanbul

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Cost of Living in Istanbul

Daily Budget:
USD

26 - 38

Weekly Budget:
USD

186 - 262
Item Description Estimated Price
Fast Food Meal
USD
5.50
Cheap Local Restaurant Meal
USD
5.50
Mid-range Restaurant Meal
USD
10.50
Coffee at a Cafe
USD
2.50
Beer at a Bar
USD
3.00
Bottle of Wine from a Market
USD
10.50
Ticket to a Movie
USD
6.00
Ticket on Public Transportation
USD
1.00
Taxi (1km)
USD
0.50

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Istanbul Weather: Average Temperature

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40 43 49 58 66 72 72 66 57 50 42 38
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