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Istanbul has a population of 12,600,000 and it the fifth largest city
in the world by population and is classed as a megacity.
Istanbul is governed by 27 autonomously governed municipalities.
These municipalities have the initiative to take some decisions
but the final decisions are made by the Istanbul Metropolitan
Municipal Government.

In its long history, Istanbul has 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 was chosen as joint
European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of
Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Istanbul is the only city in the world that lies upon two different
continents: Europe and Asia. The continents are connected to
each other with two bridges. The strait lying between the two
continents is called “The Bosphorus” meaning “The Strait of the
Cow” in Ancient Greek.

According to the myth, God of the Gods Zeus was married to
Goddess Hera. However Zeus was not satisfied with only one
woman, by using his attraction and skills, he was having affairs
with many different women. Io who was a preistess of Hera.
In awe of Zeus she fell in love with him.
To protect Io from the ever jealous Hera. Zeus turned Io into a
beautiful white cow.

Hera heard of the the affair between Io and Zeus as vengence,
She ordered a horse fly to chase from Greece to Egypt
The route she ran along became today’s Bosphorus...

Bosphorus Bridge:

It was constructed between Ortakoy (Europe) Area and
Beylerbeyi Area (Asia). It’s approximately 1.1 (0.7 miles)
kilometres long and 63 m.(180 ft) high. It was constructed
in 1973 .It’s the first necklace of the strait Bosphorus.
Bosphorus Bridge by night.

Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge:

It takes its name from the sultan called “Mehmed (the
Conqueror)” who conquered Istanbul (Constantinople)
in 1453 from the Byzantine Empire... This bridge was
constructed in 1988.

Istanbul is a city of mosques and universities. There
are over 8,000 small and big mosques which were
constructed over the centuries and still being constructed...
It’s a city of universities and the first university was founded
in the 15th century with the order of Sultan Mehmed “the
Conqueror”: The University of Istanbul.

Today, there are about 16 private and public universities located
in the city.

The city also known as “The City on the Seven Hills” because of
the hills, in and around the city. These hills are also depicted on
the carpet designs and miniatures.

Other reasons to choose Istanbul:

  • It has a shopping paradise in the Grand Bazaar
  • Centre of Carpets & Handcrafts
  • Has the best examples of HAMAMS (Turkish Bath).
  • World Renowned Cuisine.
  • Great Entertainment and Night life as East
    Meets West.

During your stay you can enjoy daily city tours by bus
in historical Istanbul or a boat tour on the Bosphorus,
Shopping, Turkish Bath with massage, superb food in
the restaurants and a Turkish Belly dance at one of the many
night clubs.

Istanbul is one of the cities that you can have the best
Medical treatments in the world.

Especially in the last 2 decades Turkey takes more and more
leading roles in advanced medical surgeries such as
Cardiology, Organ transplant, Eye surgeries Infertility treatment,
Dermatology, Orthopaedics and Cosmetics Surgery.

The surgeons are rated as been some of the best in
the world. Fantastic hospitality and care in the 5 Star
state of the art hospitals.


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