Each city claims to be unique, but Istanbul is truly unique. No other city in the world spans two continents, after all.
Istanbul stretches over seven hills and is divided by the Great Bosphorus River: Europe is on one side of the water and Asia on the other. And this is just the beginning …
You’ll see hijab-wearing Muslim women walking alongside hipsters fully tattooed and pierced. Sophisticated restaurants share the same zip code as traditional tea shops and spice markets. Istanbul is the home of fishermen, millionaires, old mosques, and H&M.
Although close to 20 million people consider this city their home, it does not appear to be very compact, and green spaces often dismantle development. The modern construction supports the ancient monuments in a tangible marriage between the old and the new.
Since Istanbul is the meeting place of Asia and Europe, traces of the two continents are found here, along with a unique presentation of their own. Influences of Christianity and Islam fuse with the greatness of ancient Roman civilization, then mix with a bit of Middle Eastern flair.