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Istanbul Pop. 14,025,646. Currency - Turkish Lira (TRY). Language – Turkish. Time Zone GMT + 2 hours. Main airports – Atatürk IST, Sabiha Gökçen SAW. National Air Carrier - Turkish Airlines Best Time to go – spring (April to June). Istanbul was historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople. It is the largest city in Turkey and a major world city with a population of over 12.6 million. Istanbul extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is the only city in the world that spans two continents. Istanbul has been a key city throughout history and served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city is organised into 8 Districts: Sultanahmet (The Old City (where most of the famous historical sights are located); Galata (Home to much of the nightlife venues); New City (Main business district); Bosphorus (European bank of the Bosphorus dotted with many palaces, parks, and water-front mansions); Golden Horn (Estuary that separates the European Side into distinctive districts); Princes’ Islands (An archipelago of nine vehicle-free islands); Asian Side (Eastern half of Istanbul; Western Suburbs (Western area of the European Side).

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With it’s important historical past there is a wealth of old buildings, palaces, and religious attractions. Most of these are located in in Sultanahmet-Old City, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkap Palace and the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)> Galata has the Galata Tower and the Galata Whirling Dervish Hall, while the Bosphorus has a number of waterside palaces. A must do activity is a visit to a hamam (Turkish bath) which is an essential part of any trip to Istanbul and is something many visitors will repeat during their stay. Before you leave remember to try an authentic Turkisk doner kebab and a Balk-Ekmek (fish and bread) snack. If you are looking for gifts and souvenirs - authentic Turkish Delight or Lokum (as locals refer to it) from the Grand Bazaar, Turkish Tea, Rugs, and Chalcedony (semi-precious gemstone named after the  town of Chalcedon) are good traditional presents to take home.
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Sultanahmet Mosque Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey


Useful Phrases - English > Turkish
Hello - Merhaba (mehr hah bah)
Please - Lütfen (Luet fen)
Thank you - Teşekkür ederim (teh shek uer eh der eem)
Good day - İyi günler (e yee guen ler) 
Yes - Evet (eh vet)
No - Hayır (Hah yuhr)
Excuse me - Bakar mısınız? (bah kar muh suh nuhz)
I'm sorry - Özür dilerim (Ö zuer di lay reem)
I don't understand - Anlamıyorum (An-la-muh-yoor-uhm)
Do you speak English? - İngilizce biliyor musunuz?
A beer/two beers, please - Bir/iki bira, lütfen (beer/icky bhira,luet fen)
A glass of red/white wine, please - Bir bardak kırmızı/beyaz şarap, lütfen. (beer bar duck khırmizi/bay iz shar up, luet fen)
Turkish Phrasebook - wikipedia


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Istanbul Hotels Flights and Travel including Sultanhan Hotel Ceylan InterContinental Hotel Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel Blue Mosque Bosphorus Bridges Topkapi Palace Istanbul Travel and Tourism in Turkey. Recommended destinations in Istanbul include - Saint Sophia, Galata Tower, The Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Galerist Art Gallery, Topkapı Harem, Sirkeci and Railway Station.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel
This elegantly constructed palace is ideally situated near to the city's famous river and is one of the most impressive hotels in the area. Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel houses spacious guestrooms and wonderful suites with countless amenities and spectacular views of the Turkish landscape. The service is second to none and even includes the guests' very own personal butler.

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Hotel

Peradays Hotel - Istanbul
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Peradays Hotel is located in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul. The excitement of the city center is a stones throw away. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Consulate of United Kingdom, Flower Passage, Yapi Kredi Cultural Centre give to this hotel a special charm.

Rast Hotel - Istanbul
Situated in Old City Sultanahmet, Rast Hotel is the perfect place to experience Istanbul and its surroundings within the city center. With the city's main attractions, such as Binbirdirek Cistern, Çemberlitaş Hamamı, and Çemberlitaş within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location. 


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Istanbul - wikipedia
Istanbul (formerly Constantinople)is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located at on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents.

Istanbul - wikitravel
Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul truly bridges Asia and Europe both literally and figuratively. Istanbul's population is variously estimated between 11 and 17 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe.

Galatasaray - wikipedia
Galatasaray Spor Kulübü, commonly known as Galatasaray, is a Turkish professional football club based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the association football branch of the larger Galatasaray Sports Club, itself a part of the Galatasaray Community which includes Galatasaray University and Galatasaray High School, where it was founded in 1905...The club has a long-standing rivalry with other major Istanbul teams, namely with Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe. The derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe is dubbed the Kıtalar Arası Derbi (English: Intercontinental Derby) due to the location of their headquarters and stadiums on the European (Galatasaray) and Asian (Fenerbahçe) sides of the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul.

Fenerbahçe - wikipedia
Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü, also known as Fenerbahçe and Fener, is a professional football team based in Istanbul, Turkey, and a branch of the larger Fenerbahçe Sports Club. Founded in 1907 by a group of local men, it is one of the most successful and best supported football team in Turkey,

Beşiktaş - wikipedia
Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü, known as Beşiktaş is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team, the oldest in the country, is also one of the most successful teams in Turkey, having never been relegated to a lower division. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey. 

Barefoot Travel
Offers small group and custom made tours throughout Turkey. Also features airline tickets, car rental, and hotel booking services.

Best Western Hotel Amber Istanbul
Best Western Amber Hotel is situated in a central district of Istanbul, within walking distance to the most historical sites in Istanbul. Stay in comfort 10km away from the airport in the heart of Istanbul.

Hotel Saba  
Istanbul Hotel Saba is situated in the centre of the old city of Istanbul. Converted from a 19th-century Ottoman-style wooden house, it's now an architecturally modern hotel with 27 rooms, three of them with a balcony and all equipped with cable TV.

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