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Istanbul, extending to Asia on one side and to Europe on the other, is the only city that lies on two continents in the world. The Bosphorus, passing through the middle of the city guides the waters of the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn.
Having served as the capital of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires respectively, Istanbul is hopeful for its modern future whilst preserving the heritage of the past proudly.
The variety one can enjoy in the city is really fascinating. Istanbul, known with its museums, churches, palaces, mosques, marketplaces and natural beauties, and has also begun to be known with its skyscrapers which are the necessity of modern life.
Istanbul is a very special place hosting several different areas of tourism with its historical heritage, cultural past and numerous attractions in addition to its very modern hotels, very special restaurants, night clubs, cabarets, historical markets and shops and international festivals. Seeing the lands of Asia while looking from the hill where the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) is located or the charming scarlet of the sun setting at the Golden Horn are just some of the daily life's decorations.
The transportation in some parts of the city is fairly easy owing to the subway and other railway systems. However, the city is so huge that the best practice would be to determine two or three targets and having occasional breaks between them in order to enjoy the city. The place for the break can be a park, a small interior court, or a scenic hill as well as a nice restaurant at the Bosphorus (Bogazici). You can easily walk through the old city and the small neighbourhood. Cemberlitas, and outskirts of Bogazici or Taksim and Pera (Beyoglu) can be reached from the old city. A tourist visiting Istanbul must absolutely take a ferry cruise through Bogazici and spare a day for seeing the Princes Islands.
If you want to see Istanbul from the sea, the best place to see it, get on a ship in Eminonu and travel to Kadikoy to have an unforgettable trip.