With its legendary history, İstanbul has been the capitals of many empires and shaped the modern commercial rules that it has today in the world. Istanbul’s unique location that connects Europe and Asia makes it one of the most important trade capitals of Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East.
The ancient city that lies over two continents has been a hub for trade and culture for over 3,000 years. Istanbul is still under the radar of the global economy with its population of approximately 15 million and its rapidly growing economy in terms of geographic, geopolitical and economical aspects. Turkish Economy which performs above the average of the global markets in terms of production capacity and export figures, attracts many international companies that are seeking opportunities to penetrate in Turkey and markets in the region as well as supplying commercial goods by participating in successful exhibitions.
- Istanbul (ancient Byzantium) was founded on Seven Hills like Rome.
- Istanbul is the only city in the world which is both in Europe and Asia geographically.
- Istanbul is one of the biggest cities in the world, with around 15 million population, which is more than 177 countries around the world.
- Istanbul was the most crowded city of the world in 1502,
- Istanbul was the capital city of three major Empires: Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and Ottoman Empire during their rule.
- Blue Mosque is the only mosque in Istanbul with six minarets, which is the maximum number you can have in a mosque.
- At the moment there are two international airports; one on the Asian side one on the European side. The third one is under construction.
- Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875. It's 573 meters long and located in Tunnel neighborhood at Beyoglu district. London subway was built in 1863 and New York subway in 1868.
- Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar/shopping mall in the world, with over 3.000 shops.
- Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world for about 900 years.
- Istanbul was the European Cultural Capital City in 2010.
- Agatha Christie wrote her famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express" at Pera Palas Hotel in Istanbul.