Welcome to Great Istanbul
Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with a traditional eastern city, it's a melting pot of many civilizations and different people. Istanbul is also announced by the European Union as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.
From the foundation of Byzantium in the 7th century BC until today, Istanbul held always an important role in the history of humanity in this part of the world. Everybody wanted to gain control of this area because of its strategic location; Empires were born here on the ashes of previous ones.
Since the Republic in 1923, Istanbul continued to grow and today it boosted its population at around 13 million people living in this spread out city. This makes Istanbul the largest city of Turkey and one of the biggest cities in the world.
In this website you'll find lots of useful info on Istanbul; sites, museums, districts, mosques, synagogues, churches, food, restaurants, bars, night clubs and night life, hotels, etc. You can also have a look at example itineraries for daily excursions under the Tours section.
This website is prepared by myself and will be updated as frequent as possible depending on my busy schedule. I work as an official licensed tour guide conducting private and group tours in English and Italian, also in many other languages throughout my associates who are also licensed tour guides. All of these tours and hotel reservations etc are done by a Government licensed Travel Agent fulfilling local laws and regulations. For all kinds of Turkey related material, you can visit my other website for more information.
Hope to see you soon in Istanbul.