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"There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see."

Lamartine's famous poetic lines reveal his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe. Istanbul's beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asian and European, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

Mother of All Cities:
With its history dating back to 658 B.C., Istanbul has enjoyed an uninterrupted existence forming the cross-roads of creative exchange between Europe and Asia. This spectacular city with its diverse identities has given rise to many legends and inspired countless works of art.

Two Empires - Two Capitals:
Istanbul has been the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, leaving behind a multicultural sediment of civilizations and faiths in the form of aqueducts, cisterns, palaces, churches, synagogues, mosques and above all, cultural tolerance and harmony.

Modern Touristic Establishments and Conference Facilities:
Istanbul today is the focal point of industry, commerce and cultural life in Turkey. It has many internationally acclaimed hotels, congress centres and offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The city is connected to the world by two international airports, international harbours, railways and theTrans-European-Motorway.

Shopping and Entertainment:
Being one of the cheapest cities of Europe, it is a shopping paradise. Ranging from the oriental style of the Grand Bazaar to outstanding shopping malls, Istanbul offers a wide variety of choices.

The Bosphorus is not merely a strait dividing two continents. It also a crown that adds a Mediterranean flavour to this breathtaking city with its seaside cafes and fish restaurants. Istanbul also offers a vibrant night-life with its outstanding night-clubs and bars.

July in Istanbul:
July is one of the best seasons in Istanbul with warm temperatures of approximately 25 '- 28 ' degrees Celsius during the day.

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