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How to Get to Istanbul City
Istanbul was once the ancient capital city named Constantinople. It has two international airports. Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen International Airports serve daily flights from many world airline hubs, as well as internal flights inside Turkey. The Turkish Havas firm operates a frequent service of shuttle buses from the airports into the city of Istanbul. Terminal to terminal services are provided free. From the airport a 24 hour underground train service is available, or you may opt for an express Metrobus service connecting the whole city.
Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and one that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The old part of the city reflects the influences of the many empires once ruling here. Sultanahmet district, popular with visitors, has such cultural delights as Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome, the site of chariot races centuries ago, with Egyptian obelisks intact, as well as the Ottoman Topkapi Palace. Towering above, with its tall domes is the Byzantine Hagia Sophia, a museum – featuring pre 1931 Muslim artefacts as well as old Christian mosaics. Enjoy eating out in this cosmopolitan area with its many restaurants offering a range of modern and traditional cuisines.
Istanbul has attracted many foreign investors in recent years as property values here continue to increase and provide owners with a favourable rental and resale market.