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Istanbul

Istanbul


From the city’s ancient archaeological origins to the legacy of the Ottoman empire, Istanbul is a place of culture, diversity, and rich history. A visit to the Turkish city promises incredible views, stunning art, fiery football matches, a unique creative scene, distinct European and Asian influences, and incomparable pide. If you’re planning to venture to this storied hub, look no further.

Region


Middle East

Language


Turkish

Currency


Turkish Lira (₺)

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Islamophobia is an unfortunate reality of life in the 21st century (as well as many other centuries before it). But one of the best ways to combat prejudice, against Islam or anything else, is by widening your own perspective and sharing what you learn along the way.

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In Turkey, as in many countries around the world, football is more than just a sport. It’s a staple, a universal thread woven into the fabric of the place and connected to everything else that holds it together. And in this cultural tapestry, the tension is focused heavily in Istanbul, a city home to three of the country’s most popular clubs.

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On July 15, 2016, a faction within the Turkish military attempted a coup d’etat against state institutions, which involved violence across the country and an attempt on the President’s life.

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Istanbul is the historical and cultural center of Turkey, and currently one of Europe’s cultural “hot spots.” But in addition to its long-standing reputation, Istanbul has become a post-modern playground filled with creatives.

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Features

Istanbul
light intensity shower rain
45.5 ° F
46.4 °
44.6 °
70%
2.2mph
75%
Wed
42 °
Thu
47 °
Fri
45 °
Sat
59 °
Sun
52 °

Fast Facts

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Istanbul is the only city in the world that occupies two continents: Europe and Asia.

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Istanbul’s most famous shopping place — the Grand Bazaar — is the largest covered market in the world and is comprised of nearly 4,000 shops.

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In 1502, Istanbul was the most populous city in the world — it is now the fifth-most inhabited.

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Ninety-nine percent of Istanbul’s population is of the Muslim faith.