About Istanbul

Explore the only city in the world that spans across two continents. With its many breathtaking views, historical sights, luxury hotels, shopping districts, and amazing cuisine, it is hard not to fall in love with this city. Check out historical architecture that dates to the Roman Empire such as the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from the 14th century Galata Tower. Take in the sights of the Bosporus with a boat tour or take a ferry to the infamous Prince Islands, a chain of 9 islands off the coast of Istanbul.

Shop in one of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar.  After a long day of exploring this vast city retreat to one of the hundreds of hotels available, 12 of which are 5-star hotels conveniently located a short distance from the CNR Expo Center. Istanbul is not just a place to go, but a place to experience.

Interesting facts on Istanbul

  1. Istanbul (ancient Byzantium) was founded on Seven Hills like Rome.
  2. Istanbul is the only city in the world which is both in Europe and Asia geographically
  3. Istanbul is one of the biggest cities in the world, with around 15 million population, which is more than 177 countries around the world
  4. Istanbul was the most crowded city of the world in 1502
  5. Istanbul was the capital city of three major Empires: Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and Ottoman Empire
  6. The Blue Mosque is the only mosque in Istanbul with six minarets, which is the maximum number you can have in a mosque
  7. There are two international airports; one on the Asian side and one on the European side
  8. Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875. It's 573 meters long and located in the Beyoğlu district. The London subway was built in 1863 and New York subway in 1868
  9. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops
  10. Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world for about 900 years
  11. Istanbul was the European Cultural Capital City in 2010
  12. Agatha Christie wrote her famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express" at Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul