IstanbulA lot of people expect a lot from Istanbul and Istanbul never rejects them. It's a place for everyone, you will always be able to find something for yourself because of its variety and diversity.

There is always rush in Istanbul . Some people say Istanbul is a place where life never stops; it would not be wrong to call it a city of young professionals who enjoy going out at nights.

Istanbul is the most developed city of Turkey. It is the third well developed metropolitan area in Europe. Istanbul is a megacity and it is multi-centered. It is the cultural, economic, and financial center of Turkey. Istanbul reaches both on the European and on the Asian sides of the Bosphorus.

In summer the weather is hot and humid. During winter it is cold, rainy and sometimes snowy. Spring and autumn are mild but the nights are chilly. Istanbul has a continual high humidity. You can especially feel it during the morning hours.

Dolmabahce Palace, the seat of goverment during the late Ottoman period, is located in Besiktas. The former village of Ortakoy is situated within Besiktas and provides its name to the Ortakoy Mosque. Istanbul’s primary economic centers are Levent, Maslak and Mecidiyekoy. Besiktas and Sisli districts feature Istanbul’s tallest buildings and Turkey’s biggest companies.

Istanbul is primarily known for its Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Early Byzantine architecture followed classical Roman model of domes and arches. Byzantine architecture and one of Istanbul’s most iconic structures, is the Hagia Sophia. Built as a church and then converted to a Mosque, Hagia Sophia is now being used as a museum. The Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, and Yeni Mosque were built at the peak of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. The other historical buildings are Dolmabahce Palace, Yıldız Palace, Topkapı Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace.

Being the most developed city and former political capital of the country, Istanbul has always been the center of Turkey’s economic life because of its location. Istanbul is also Turkey’s largest industrial center. Istanbul and its surrounding provinces produce cotton, fruit, olive oil, silk, and tobacco. Food processing, textile production, oil products, rubber, metal ware, leather, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, glass, machinery, automotive, transport vehicles, paper and paper products, and alcoholic drinks are among the city's major industrial products.


Istanbul has more than 35 public and private universities. Most of the reputable universities are public. The best public universities are Istanbul University, Istanbul Technical University, Bogazici University, Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Yildiz Technical Univeristy and Marmara Universisty. The major private universities in the city include Koc University, Sabancı University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Bahcesehir University, Yeditepe University, Istanbul Kultur University and Kadir Has University.




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