Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

Shoppen in Cihangir. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Istanbul while strolling through the back streets of Istanbul’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts.

TAKSIM AND BEYOĞLU. This district is the symbol of modern Istanbul, with a lot of Ottoman, multi-cultural flavor from the time that Istanbul was still Constantinople.

CIHANGIR.
The cosy neighborhood of the old, non-Muslim bourgeoisie has an atmosphere and architecture, that reminds us of Paris.

FATIH
The old, religious Istanbul where orthodox Muslims live in neighborhoods surrounding the mosque and the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih in Turkish).

KADIKÖY.
By ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asian side to Kadıköy, historic but modern, trendy and young Istanbul.

FROM EYÜP TO SÜLEYMANIYE MOSQUE.
A journey of 8 km that takes you from the holy tomb of Eyüp Ensari, the friend and standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammad, to the mausoleum of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent.


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