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Istanbul, host of three great empires, city of fairytales

Lamartine embraces the two continents with one arm reaching in Asia and the other in Europe, saying, “There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that is worth seeing.”

This is a city which is known as the capital of capitals, which has been the capital of Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman Empires, which progresses towards a modern future, while proudly preserving magnificence of the past; the historical buildings become younger and meet with new ones in Istanbul, which captivates its visitors.

The silhouette of more than 500 mosques rising from the hills of the city, where the sea and land are embroidered like a lace, creates a dazzling atmosphere. One feels like living a dream between the past and present time.

Its museums, mosques, palaces, churches and natural beauties present endless nuances. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which is the symbol of Istanbul with its six minarets and which is also called the “Blue Mosque”, the famous Hagia Sophia Museum which was previously constructed as a church, the Topkapı Palace which has been the house and political center of Ottoman sultans and the Süleymaniye Mosque are masterpieces of architecture. While the Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar) insists on carrying the traces of previous dreamy days in a structure similar to a labyrinth, presents the brand new products of the modern world; fascinating jewelry, copper objects, carpets... Once you are attracted by authenticity, you can tour this bazaar without getting tired at all. The unique watersides, which are situated on two sides of Bosporus with reflections of love stories on waters, luxurious villas dating back to the 20th century, Dolmabahçe, Göksu and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Anadolu and Rumeli Fortresses, traces from fishermen's villages, tea gardens, parks and night clubs captivate you. Furthermore, a ferry tour on the Bosporus will become one of your unforgettable memories.

Its heavenly history, cultural background and modern hotels in addition to its innumerous attractions, congress halls, exceptional restaurants, night clubs, cabarets, historical bazaars and stores turn Istanbul into a perfect place in terms of conferences and congresses.

You can never find such an impressive city in the world, which reflects the nature's masterpieces, human handicrafts, magnificence of the past and the life's address to the future and steals your heart in such adjacency.

Places to Visit Don't come back before you
  • Archeology Museum
  • Military Museum and Cultural Site Command
  • Atatürk Museum
  • Hagia Irene Church (St. Irene)
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Great Palace Mosaic Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Rumelihisarı Museum
  • Anadoluhisarı Museum
  • Yedikulehisarı Museum
  • Basilica Cisten
  • Topkapı Palace Museum
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Çırağan Palace
  • Yıldız Palace
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Aynalıkavak Pavilion
  • Galata Bridge
  • Neve Shalom Synagogue
  • Italian Synagogue
  • Ahrida Synagogue
  • Zülfaris Synagogue
  • Visit the Süleymaniye Mosque and Sultan Ahmet Mosque,
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia and Carie Museums,
  • Visit the Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace and Rumeli Fortress,
  • Take a ferry tour on the Bosporus and islands,
  • Watch the Istanbul view from the Galata Tower and Pierre Loti,
  • Enjoy art and cultural activities,
  • Wonder about and see the night life,
  • Touring the bazaar in Ortaköy,
  • Taking a coach tour in Büyükada,
  • Eat fish in Bosporus, Kumkapı and Çiçek Passage, yoghurt in Kanlıca and profiteroles,
  • Buy carpet, jewelry, leather clothing in Kapalı Çarşı, Turkish delight, baklava, pastrami and candies in Mısır Bazaar,
  • Shop at all mega shopping centers in Beyoğlu.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace

    The facade of the Dolmabahçe Palace, built in the mid-19th century by Sultan Abdülmecit I,, stretches for 600 meters along the European shore of the Strait. The vast reception salon, with its 56 columns and four-and a half ton crystal chandelier with 750 lights, never fails to astonish visitors. At one time, birds from all over the world were kept in the Bird Pavilion for the delight of the palace's privileged residents. Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, died in the palace on November 10, 1938

    Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)

    Hagia Sophia church was built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius and burned down in the fire of Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. during the reign of Justinian. The same year Justinian ordered to build a new basilica, the one we can see today, and only five years later, 537 AD, it was opened to the public. The architects of this new basilica were Isidorus from Miletus (Söke) and Anthemious from Tralles (Aydın). The basilica was covered with the magnificient dome 55.60 m high and 30.80 - 31.88 m in diameter, with 40 frame timbers and 107 pillars. The Hagia Sophia Museum was included in the list of UNESCO List of World Heritage. The activities of the Museum are supervised and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Turkey.

    Sultanahmet Mosque

    This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I during 1609-1616 in the square carrying his name in İstanbul. The architect is Sedefhar Mehmet Ağa. It is the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets. The mosque is 64 x 72 m in dimensions. The central dome is 43 m in height and is 33.4 m in diameter. 260 windows surround the mosque. Due to its beautiful blue, green and white tilings it has been named the "Blue Mosque" by Europeans. The inscriptions were made by Seyyid Kasım Gubari.

    Topkapı Palace Museum

    On a finger of land at the confluence of the Strait, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapı Palace, that maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court lived and governed. A magnificent wooded garden fiils the outer, or first court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cypress and plane trees, stand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. To the left is the Harem, the secluded quarters of the wives, concubines and children of the sultan, charming visitors with echoes of centuries-intrique. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscrips. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle enshrines the relics of the Prophet Mohammed brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphate of İslam.

    The Rumeli Fortress

    It is situated on the Tracean side of the Istanbul Bosphorous. It was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 to prevent aid from north reaching Byzantine. It took 4 months to build with 1000 masons and 2000 workers. The three towers were built by Çandarlı Halil Pasha, Saruca Pasha and Zaganos Pasha and are named after them. The fortress has 5 gates and lies over an area of 30.000 m.

    Yerebatan Palace (Cistern)

    It was built by Emperor Constantinus I during the 4th century and was restored and extended by Justinianus in the 6th century. The water came from the Belgrad forest via the Cebeciköy arch. It is 141 m long and 73 m wide. It has 336 pillars 5 m apart and 8 m high.

    Egyptian Bazaar

    Situated at Eminönü in Istanbul, it was originally built by Hatice Turban Sultan, the mother of Mehmet IV as a foundation for the New Mosque. It was completed in 1660. It has an I.shaped design. It possesses 6 gates and 86 shops. It was restored in 1943.

    Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı)

    This bazaar was first built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror and was expanded during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Great (!520-1566), and reached its present form in 1701. Its extends over 65 streets, covering an area of 30.702 square meters. It contains a mosque, 21 inns, two vaulted bazaars, seven fountains, a well and 3300 shops. It possesses 18 gates, eight of them large, ten of then smaller. It has surrived five fires, and has been restored and repaired and has reached our present times.


    Flying Information
    Transportation is provided from Riyadh and Jeddah to Istanbul Atatürk Airport.

    Flying time

    Riyadh Istanbul
    Riyadh - Istanbul Atatürk Airport “3 hours, 35 minutes”

    Jeddah - Istanbul
    Jeddah- Istanbul Atatürk Airport “3 hours, 40 minutes”

    Business Class Upgrades
    Available on request

    The Mediterranean climate predominates in Istanbul, with hot summers and moderately cold weather in winter, though with different characteristics due to the impact of the Marmara Sea and Bosporus

  • Büyükada Beach,
  • Beykoz Beach,
  • Poyrazköy Beach,
  • Kilyos Beach,
  • Beach in Sarıyer
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