“God and people, nature and art, they create all together such a wonderful place there, on earth, that worth seeing.” The poet Lamartine defines the city so, which surrounds the European and the Asian continents.
The place where two continents meet, Istanbul, which was at the center of the ancient world, is an important metropolitan with its historical monuments and natural landscape. Istanbul: “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.” Lamartine. That’s how the poet Lamartine defines the city, which surrounds the European and the Asian continents.. The city has been founded over 2500 years ago on this strategic area, and right afterwards has become a huge trade center. Istanbul, which was chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2010, is also the most crowded and important city with its economic and cultural aspects in Turkey.
“Historical Istanbul” is situated on a peninsula which is surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. The city has been the capital of three great world empires; the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. It is the only city in the world which has such an amazing characteristic, that for over 1600 years, the city has been ruled by more than 120 sultans and emperors. While Istanbul is maintaining proudly its historical grandeur today, it also goes forward for a modern future.
Istanbul Lisesi is located at the center of this historical peninsula. The school is simply within the walking distance of Sultan Ahmet Square, which is known as Hippodrome in Byzantine Empire; Topkapı Palace, the oldest and the largest palace that survived until the present day; Hagia Sofia Museum, one of the greatest colossal art in history of art and artitecture; Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as Blue Mosque with its glorious view and six minarets; Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered market in the World; Basilica Cistern, the biggest and the most wonderful cistern in the city.
After visiting the historical peninsula, you can go through the Galata Bridge by tram, take the train from the second oldest underground station in the World “Tünel Underground Station” and reach to the Galata Tower, where you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Istanbul. Then you can walk through the Istiklal Street, eat some fish at Çiçek Pasajı, also known as Cité de Péra, and afterwards you can get to the Taksim Square.
Turkey, a bridge between Europe and Asia, has an extremely rich cultural heritage. Perhaps no other land has witnessed so many diverse civilizations over the last nine thousand years. Turkey has so much to offer her visitors: breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure, a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices.
It is not surprising, therefore, that this country has recently become one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. Turkey today still holds a very strategic position on the world map. This vast land of nearly 80 million people has tackled the challenges of the future through its journey along the road towards modernization, secularism and democracy.
Today, it has a vibrant society, a dynamic economy, an active political lire and great confidence in its future. Because of its geographical location, Anatolia has always been important throughout history and is the birthplace of many great civilizations. Surrounded by seas on three sides, it is covered by mountains, forests, steppes and all sorts of land variations.
The genuine friendliness and traditional hospitality of the Turkish people towards visitors is justly renowned worldwide. Our country includes the famous holiday cities, beautiful resorts, museums, comfortable hotels and motels, sincere people, magnificent landscapes and many dreamful places to be visited.