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    Facts that you didn't know about Istanbul

    Istanbul is an ancient city, therefore it has many interesting facts that you might be interested in knowing.
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    1. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is located between two continents.

    2. With +15 million people, Istanbul is one of the most populous urban areas in Europe.

    3. Most mosques in Turkey are located in Istanbul. There are 3113 mosques in this city, including the historic Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sulaymaniyah Mosque.

    4. Istanbul was the capital of the three great Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine empires; But now Ankara is the capital of this country.

    5. According to the results of "Master Card Global Index" studies on the world's tourist destinations, Istanbul is one of the top tourist destinations in the world that is growing rapidly.

    6. "Sultan Ahmad" or "Old City" is where most of Istanbul's famous historical monuments are located.

    7. Hagia Sophia Mosque was built as a cathedral in 537 AD and was used as a mosque after 1453 during the Ottoman rule. In 1935, after the establishment of the new country of Turkey, this mosque was turned into a museum. In 1520 AD and before the completion of Seville Cathedral, Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world for 900 years. This city attracts an average of three million tourists every year.

    8. Some of the oldest Turkish sports clubs are located in Istanbul, including Besiktas Football Club, which was founded in 1903 as the first and only Turkish club.

    9. According to the "Bookings" Institute, Istanbul ranks 7th in the world in terms of the speed of economic growth.

    10. The third oldest subway in the world, with a length of 573 meters, is located in Istanbul. This line was built in 1875. The first subway was built in 1863 in London and the second in 1868 in New York.
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    11. The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul started its work in 1461 and is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world with 60 rows and 5 thousand shops. About 250,000 to 400,000 people visit this market every day.

    12. Istanbul is the economic, cultural and historical heart of Turkey. Its commercial and historical centers are located in the European part of the city, while one third of the city's population lives in its Asian part.

    13. The "Galleria Ataköy" shopping center in Istanbul was built in 1987, and after that, the new generation of Turkish stores and shopping centers began.

    14. If you don't know Turkish, it is better to check the price more and use a calculator to avoid misunderstanding.

    15. Istanbul's historic seafood restaurants are world famous. The "Kumkapı" neighborhood, which is located along the coast of the Sea of ​​Marmara, has 50 fish restaurants alone. In addition, many restaurants of this city are located on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait.

    16. In 1930, the Turkish government, in order to promote the name "Istanbul" among the people, letters sent with the address Constantinople were not delivered, and people had to write the name "Istanbul" in the envelope and in the address field.

    17. "Prince" Islands is an archipelago consisting of 9 islands and the entry of cars is prohibited to them, and people go there to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and have fun.

    18. There are 237 Turkish baths in Istanbul, but only 60 are still in use. The oldest and largest hammam in Istanbul is Tahtakale Hamami, which is not used today and dates back to the second half of the 15th century.

    19. Istanbul has seven hills, on each of which magnificent mosques have been built.

    20. Agatha Christie's famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express" was written in the "Pera Palace" hotel in Istanbul. The Eastern train covered the distance between Paris and Constantinople (Istanbul) between 1883 and 1977.
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    21. During the Ottoman rule, there were 1,400 public toilets in the city of Istanbul; This is despite the fact that at that time, there were no public toilets in Europe.

    22. Although taxi drivers in Istanbul treat passengers with sincerity and sincerity, they do not know much English; It is better to write down your desired destination on a piece of paper when you get into a taxi.

    23. The history and historical sites in Istanbul are well preserved and allow visitors to travel back in time and see the history of the 16th century and the great empires of the world.

    24. The city river "The Golden Horn" is the place that separates the European part of Istanbul from its Asian part.

    25. In Istanbul and during peak traffic hours, heavy traffic prevails in the city, and for this reason, most taxi drivers ask you to get off near your destination instead of sitting and waiting in traffic; So it is better to have a map with you to find your destination easily.

    26. The best time to travel to Istanbul is late spring or early fall; During these times, the air in the city is very pleasant and pleasant, and you can participate in walking tours.

    27. The local people of Istanbul are still used to using hookah and it has a special place in their lives!

    28. Istanbul is surrounded by the sea and the urban river "Bosphorus" passes through the city. In the European part of the city, there are very beautiful and luxurious palaces, villas and parks, but in the Asian part, there are houses in old and lovely neighborhoods.

    29. "Galata" tower was built in 1348 to keep prisoners and today it has a very beautiful 360-degree view of the city.

    30. In the past, Istanbul had several different names: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul and Tsarigrad.
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    31. Most tourists who travel to Istanbul come from Germany, Russia, France, England, Holland, Italy and Iran.

    32. "Mahmoud Pasha" market in Istanbul has been active since 1660 and is the big spice market of Istanbul.

    33. In 2010, Istanbul was the cultural capital of Europe; But so far, it has not hosted the Olympic Games.
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