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Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, serving as the country's economic, cultural and historic hub. The city straddles the Bosporus Strait, lying in both Europe and Asia, and has a population of over 15 million residents, comprising 19% of the population of Turkey. Istanbul is the most populous European city and the world's 15th-largest city.

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Charming Landmarks

  • Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Sultanahmet District
  • Blue Mosque
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Galata Tower
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque
  • Istiklal Caddesi
  • Sultanahmet Square
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Important tips when visiting Istanbul

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In İstanbul, the summers are warm, humid, dry, and clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 85°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 90°F. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit İstanbul for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Activities and Entertainment

Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Bosporus Cruise.

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