10 Interesting Facts about Istanbul

Have you ever visited Istanbul? How was the city? The one of the biggest city in the Europe will be explained on Facts about Istanbul. Approximately, there are around 15 million population in Istanbul. That is why it became the crowded city around the world in 1502. Geographically, Istanbul is the only city that located on two continents, Asia and Europe. Besides, It also became the ancient capital of Eastern Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, and Ottoman Empire (three major Empires). Although many people thought that Istanbul is modern capital of Turkey, but that was wrong. Because the capital of Turkey is Ankara. Here are ten Interesting facts about Istanbul.

Facts about Istanbul 1: The main trade center of Turkey

As we know that Istanbul looks out on the Golden Horn and the Bosporus strait. The Black Sea and the Marmara Sea are connected by Bosphorus. That is why Istanbul being a seaport. It is also becomes the main trade center of Turkey.

Facts about Istanbul 2: The monuments

There are big four monuments in Istanbul. They are Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar.

Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace

Facts about Istanbul 3: The Galata Tower

The Galata Tower was built in 1348 at the apex of fortified walls and was used to house prisoners of war, later became an observatory, but now offers a 360-degree viewing gallery of the city.

Facts about Istanbul 4: The Sultan Ahmed Mosque

There are many mosques in Istanbul. One of the unique mosque is Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Blue mosque because it has six minarets. It’s wonderful!

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Facts about Istanbul 5: Public Toilets

Istanbul was famous when under the Ottoman Empire. Because it has over  1,400 public toilets. It was amazing!

Facts about Istanbul 6: Is Kule

Is Kule becomes the second tallest building in Istanbul with 181 meters or 594 feet high. The owner of the building is Is Bank.

Is Kule
Is Kule

Facts about Istanbul 7: Tourism destination

As we know that there are many beautiful view in Istanbul, such as building like mosque, church, etc. That is why Istanbul becomes the biggest tourism destination in the world. There are 9.5 million people visited Istanbul in 2012. It means the visitors in Istanbul surpass Amsterdam and New York based on a study of MasterCard WorldWide Index.

Facts about Istanbul 8: Hagia Sophia

Istanbul has the largest church in the world names Hagia Sophia. It was  about 900 years.

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Facts about Istanbul 9: The third oldest subway

The third oldest subway of Istanbul was located in Tunel neighborhood at Beyoglu district. It was built in 1875 with 573 meters long.

Facts about Istanbul 10: The Grand Bazaar

Istanbul also has the biggest old covered bazaar or shopping mall in the world, named The Grand Bazaar. There are over 3.000 shops at there. You can buy anything in the Grand Bazaar. Don’t forget to visit there if you really like shopping.

Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar

We have talked facts about Istanbul. Are you interested to read this article? Do you know other facts about it? Hopefully, this article will help you to know more about Istanbul. Enjoy reading.

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