“Rome may be The Eternal City, but Istanbul can make a pretty good case for immortality too. The cities are about the same age, both over two-and-a-half millennia, and for much of that time the larger, wealthier, and more influential of the two was not the one in Italy. In fact Istanbul, known as Constantinople at the time, spent hundreds of years ruling over Rome as the capital of the Roman Empire.” – see full article here
Istanbul is magical. That’s all I can say.
8 Things Not to Miss in Istanbul lists the eight must-sees for all. Below are my images of the
8 rather 7… #4 was eaten and not photographed
#1 Be awed by the Blue Mosque
#2 Learn the mysteries of underground Istanbul
(underground water cistern – the conclusion of Dan Brown’s Inferno takes place here)
#3 Get lost in the Grand Bazaar
#4 Enjoy Turkish delight (yeah this one didn’t get photographed, but was definitely enjoyed)!
#5 Be blown away by Hagia Sophia
#6 Learn how Turkish carpets are made
#7 Live like a sultan in Topkapi Palace
#8 Ride the funicular (to Taksim Square)
For more info on these places/things, check out the article.
“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital” – Napoleon Bonaparte.