Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. It is Turkey's most developed and largest city.
Istanbul began in the Byzantine period with the city being embellished further during the days of the Ottoman Empire. For more than 1500 years it was the capital of three empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
Istanbul’s museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sites of natural beauty are countless. Its architectural monuments reflects its past, as an imperial capital of 1500 years. Hagia Sophia, which is referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World and the Topkapi Palace are the two most spectacular.
Istanbul is an international city with a financial and economic centre offering services in banking, telecommunications, marketing, engineering and tourism. It is the venue for International conferences and festivals, fairs, sports and art performances.