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Lamartine’s famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, a city that embraces two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.  Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires – Christian and Islamic. Once capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here.

It’s no wonder that Istanbul is always chosen as a top destination for tourists embarking on holidays, as this historical and culturally rich city has figured a lot in the development of Turkey as an empire and a nation. Istanbul is recognized not only for being the economic capital and the largest city of Turkey, it also boasts of being a center of rich Turkish culture and architecture. Heritage sites, buildings and monuments are found throughout Istanbul. It’s also famed for its historic shopping centers and bazaars, beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.

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