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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is Europe’s most populous city and Turkey’s financial and cultural center.  It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents.

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Airport:

Ateturk International Airport (IST)

Journey Time to City Centre:

30 - 60 minutes

Time Zone:

Standard Time GMT +2; Daylight Saving Time GMT +3

Currency:

New Turkish Lira

Voltage:

220V 50Hz

Population:

11,372,613

Language(s):

Turkish

Dialing Code:

90212

Weather/Climate:

The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot and humid summers and cool, rainy and often snowy winters.

Major Attractions:

Cannon Gate Palace, Hagia Eirene, Archeological Museum, Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Suleiman Mosque, Kariye Camii, Great Bazaar, Sultan’s Gate