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Istanbul is the gorgeous Turkish capital and the only city in the world that is located in two continents: Asia and Europe. It makes for a dream getaway with charming neighbourhoods, modern shopping malls, picture-perfect beaches, vibrant Turkish cultures and amusement parks. Istanbul is also world-famous for its spectacular palaces, historical bazaars, traditional hammams and religious sites. There is so much to explore here; visit the Maiden's Tower to discover impressive views of Istanbul's skyline, experience the city’s exciting nightlife at Taksim Square and stroll around the Moda neighbourhood to explore retail outlets and fashion stores selling everything from jewellery and clothes to handicrafts and souvenirs. Brightsun Travel offers luxury holiday packages to Istanbul, allowing you to make your travel dreams come true.
Istanbul is home to lots of fantastic attractions which offer an interesting insight into the city’s rich history; you can start by visiting the Hagia Sofia Museum, which was constructed in the 6th century with frescoed interiors and Byzantine architecture. Then there’s the Topkapi Palace, one of Turkey’s most renowned landmarks which remained the Turkish Sultans’ residence for over 400 years. You could also step inside the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, aka Blue Mosque to admire stunning blue tile mosaics, chandeliers and Ottoman architecture. Don’t forget to visit the Basilica Cistern to discover some unique sculptures and throw a coin into the pool here to make a wish. Other great attractions in Istanbul include the Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, St. George's Cathedral and Galata Tower.
Istanbul is a colourful arts and culture hub with plenty of museums, galleries and other alluring cultural venues to explore. The main must-visit venue of the city is the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, which is home to an impressive collection of over one million artifacts, including ancient wood carvings, terracotta statues, Ottoman coins and stone coffins with scenes from the Greek mythology. Another significant museum worth visiting in Istanbul is the Chora Museum which features incredible Roman frescos, mosaics and murals highlighting several Biblical stories. You could also visit the Istanbul Military Museum to admire a range of uniforms, flags, pistols, swords and rifles. Book cheap holidays to Istanbul with Brightsun Travel and look forward to discovering this eclectic city.