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About Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

General Information

Arts/Theater

Istanbul is also the capital of art and culture with a rich tradition in opera and ballet, theatres performing Turkish and foreign plays, concert, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course unique museums. The festivals that take place all through the year turn this great city into a world metropolis of art and culture.

Museums

A great number of museums in Istanbul display the wealth and history unearthed during the excavations carried out throughout the soils of Anatolia that has been a home for many different civilizations for thousands of years. Archaeological Museums founded as the Ottoman Imperial Museum, located by the Topkapi Palace houses some 75,000 objects and artifacts from the prehistoric ages and Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Egyptian eras. Istanbul Modern Art Museum, is dedicated to protect and showcase the artistic production within the modern and contemporary art scene. Mosaics Museum, was created by roofing over a part of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Emperors. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts displays over 40,000 items. The collection begun in the 19th century and ranges from the earliest period of Islam.

Sport/Leisure

One of the latest Formula 1 tracks in the world, Istanbul Park has introduced a great adventure to the city. Beside F1, important motor sports organizations are also held in Istanbul Park. There are also several golf courses in Istanbul: Istanbul Golf Club (9 holes), Klassis Golf and Country Club (18+9 holes) and Kemer Golf and Country Club (18+9 holes).

Shopping

With its historic bazaars and modern shopping malls, Istanbul has it all for shopping enthusiast. The Grand Bazaar has for centuries been a shoppers' paradise with more than 3000 shops, from herbalists to jewelers, and carpet stores to gift shops.

Gastronomy and Nightlife

Turkish cuisine is among the world's most varied, and fine restaurants offering the classics of Turkish cuisine as well as modern interpretations of classic flavors dot the Istanbul culinary landscape. When the sun goes down, Istanbul opens its doors to all kinds of entertainment. Taksim and Beyoglu are no doubt the center of nightlife in the city. Also Ortakoy and Kurucesme have both great bars and restaurants, aligned on the seaside.