Istanbul, Turkey

  •  Istanbul is the only transcontinental city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia.
  • With a population of 13.9 million, Istanbul is one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe and is the 2nd largest city in the world by population within city limits.
  •  Istanbul is home to the most mosque in Turkey. It has 3,113 mosques, including the historical Sultanahmet Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque.


Hagia Sophia
Byzantine basilica museum with mosaics
Museum with glittering mosaics of Biblical scenes in vast, domed former Byzantine church and mosque.

Topkapı Palace
Historic Ottoman-era palace complex
Huge, opulent 15th-century palace, occupied by sultans for 400 years, housing Ottoman treasures.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Iconic Blue Mosque with 6 minarets
Well-known site, also known as the Blue Mosque, built in 1616 & containing its founder’s tomb.