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ince its geographical location and efficient sources İstanbul is one of the most important cities. Therefore I wanted to choose this topic. The target reader is the tourists especially who want to have information about the tourist attractions in İstanbul. The aim of the project is to introduce İstanbul to the readers simply.



cross the country, there are thousands of archeological sites, historical places and ancient cities, as well as magnificent scenic spots and natural wonders. Since Roman times, Asiatic Turkey has been known as both “Asia Minor” and “Anatolia”. The European part of Turkey is called Thrace.


hese lands have been continually inhabited since the Stone Age. Because Anatolia is located like a natural bridge between continents, no other country in the world has acquired so many historical treasures.


here are many legends related to the foundation of Istanbul. According to the best known one, around 650 BC, a sea tribe from the Aegean left their city Megara and began to look for a new homeland under the leadership of Byzas.


ccording to the customs of the age, before any such undertaking an oracle had to be consulted. The oracle in the Apollo temple in the famous town of Delphi advised Byzas to settle opposite the “land of the blind”.


he Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus form the western boundaries of the Anatolian peninsula. Beside the Dardanelles are the ruins of the famous city of Troy — a memento of thousands of years of history- and on the shores of the Bosphorus rises Istanbul in all her beauty and splendor, keeping the memories of her past alive.


tretch of water. The migrants decided that those people must have been blind if they could not appreciate the opportunities of this ideal place and settled on the opposite shore, and they were convinced that they had found the land the oracle had described.

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agia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia) is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was the cathedral of the Latin empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1934, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.


he Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultanahmet Camii) is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction.



ocated in the centre of Istanbul, this hotel has an indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath and massage services. Rooms have air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


he air-conditioned rooms at the Neorion Hotel are decorated with warm colours and wooden furniture. They include a flat-screen TV, a tea/coffee maker and a private bathroom with a bathrobe.


n the mornings, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast prepared with seasonal ingredients. There is also a library stocked with books on Turkish culture and history.


acilities at the Neorion Hotel include car hire, ticket service and a tour desk where guests can arrange to visit local attractions.


he hotel is a short walk from the Grand Bazaar and the Sea of Marmara.

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stanbul has many good restaurants where you can taste Turkish cuisine and local drinks. Usually the food in Turkey is resonabily cheap, especially in fast food places or small traditional restaurants. But there are fine and expensive restaurants as well, mostly along the Bosphorus and in some good neighborhoods of the city.


n most of the fine restaurants you’ll need a reservation, sometimes even days ahead, because these are very popular places. Especially during the summer months, most of the restaurants on the Bosphorus gets busy with local people and tourists.


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