Do you love to shop? If you do, you might want to consider putting Istanbul on your bucket list. It has one of the world’s oldest and largest covered bazaars with 5000 shops. If that’s not impressive, the bazaar extends over 60 streets. Another blog had a terrific photo of the bazaar as well as terrific photos of some of the funfacts I included below. If you feel like taking a detour, it would be well worth it to see the photos. Here’s the link to the blog

This 3-minute video is fantastic. It will give you a solid overview of the city. Here is Rick Steves’ 24-minute video all about Istanbul. Here’s a super fun, short video about the street cats of Istanbul.

FunFacts about Istanbul: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Info, quote: Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. (Source)
  • Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents: Europe and Asia.
  • Istanbul is surrounded by sea with the Bosphorus cutting through it.
  • Istanbul has 3,113 mosques.
  • Over 13 million people live in Istanbul. It is Turkey’s largest city but not its capital. The capital of Turkey is Ankara.
  • Over the millennia, Istanbul has been the capital of three major empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.
  • 10 million tourists visit Istanbul every year.
  • Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world. It was built in 1875 after London (1863) and New York (1868).
  • The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world and has 5000 shops covering 60 streets. Anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 people visit the bazaar daily.
  • Istanbul has seven hills, each topped by an imperial mosque.
  • The Hagia Sophia was built as a cathedral in 537 CE and converted to a mosque in 1453. It is now a museum and receives 3 million visitors each year.
  • The ‘Golden Horn’ is an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait that divides Old Town and New Town on the European side of the city.

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31 thoughts on “Istanbul

  1. Now I really want to visit the 5000 shops at the covered bazaar! Looks like I need to add Istanbul to my travel list.

  2. Amazing architecture. The ferries are neat at night. Very energetic. — Who’s that peeking thru the flowers? Turkish cat or from AZ? I wonder if “Turkish Delight” originated here. The name ‘Istanbul’ has a magical sound to it. Full of history. A place to visit.

    • Joyce,
      It was fun to learn that street cats are a big deal in Istanbul. I’d visit the city just to meet some of the cats. But I confess I did include the photo because it looked like my Sweetheart, Sebastien. However, it is one of those beloved Istanbul kitties.

      Thanks for sharing,
      Buckeye Arizona USA

      • I remembered your picture of Sebastien and wondered if that was his picture. I didn’t know if that was Sebastien and you were mixing it up a bit for fun.

  3. I have been to Istanbul and really enjoyed it. I hope to return for a longer visit. I lvoed the pictures of the mosque.
    Debby from Clermont FL

  4. I didn’t know it was divided. I l learn so many fascinating things on your blog. I’ve saw Istanbul on tv shows. Great architecture.

  5. I have never been to Istanbul, but looks like a fascinating place to visit. I would definitely go to see the architecture of it. Love the pictures, I wouldn’t be able to decide which one I like best. I didn’t realize that it was in both Europe and Asia.

  6. I had an extended layover there once and got to explore a little bit. It’s definitely on my list of places to visit.

  7. What a beautiful place with such a wonderful history . The pictures are beautiful. I especially like the one with the cat since I love them. I think it’s safe to say I’d love to be able to travel there and spend time soaking in all that history.

  8. I would love to tour the Hagia Sophia since I’m a museum enthusiast.

    Other than that, it’s a bit too crowded for my taste.

    Some of the architecture is lovely.

  9. Enjoyed all the pictures. Never have been, but wouldn’t mind going with all the shopping and beautiful architecture to see. AZ

  10. I learned something new again. I had no idea Istanbul was split like that. A beautiful place.

  11. Love the cornucopia of picture of Istanbul. So much history and culture. Thanks for sharing these lovely picture, I felt transported to another place

  12. I’ve seen programs about it on TV, and if you’ve read anything about history you have heard about Constantine and his conquest. It looks like a beautiful and diverse place.

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