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Turkish: İstanbul [isˈtɑnbuɫ] (About this sound listen)), historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province), both hosting a population of around 15 million residents. Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities and ranks as the world's 7th-largest city proper and the largest European city. Istanbul is viewed as a bridge between the East and West.

Founded under the name of Byzantion (Βυζάντιον) on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BCE, the city grew in size and influence, having become one of the most important cities in history. After its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 CE, it served as an imperial capital for almost 16 centuries, during the Roman/Byzantine (330–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin (1204–1261), and the Ottoman (1453–1922) empires. It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 CE and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the Ottoman Caliphate.

Istanbul's strategic position on the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have produced a cosmopolitan populace. While Ankara was chosen instead as the new Turkish capital after the Turkish War of Independence, the city has maintained its prominence in geopolitical and cultural affairs. The population of the city has increased tenfold since the 1950s, as migrants from across Anatolia have moved in and city limits have expanded to accommodate them. Arts, music, film, and cultural festivals were established towards the end of the 20th century and continue to be hosted by the city today. Infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network in the city.

Approximately 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2015, five years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's fifth most popular tourist destination.[16] The city's biggest attraction is its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district. Considered a global city, Istanbul has one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world. It hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets and accounts for more than a quarter of the country's gross domestic product. Hoping to capitalize on its revitalization and rapid expansion, Istanbul has bid for the Summer Olympics five times in twenty years.

Featured Turkey Hotels and Turkey Beach Resorts in Istanbul

All Seasons Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $36
Location in Turkey : Molla Gurani Cad. Emin Ali Yesim Sok. No. 5 34270 - Findikzade Istanbul

Dilson Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $55
Location in Turkey : Siraselviler Cad No 49 80090 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Divan Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $78
Location in Turkey : Cumhuriyet Caddesi 2 80200 Elmadag Sisli Istanbul Turkey

Erboy Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $34
Location in Turkey : Ebusuud Caddesi No.32 34410 Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey

Eresin Taxim Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $50
Location in Turkey : Topcu Caddesi 34 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Eresin Topkapi Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $71
Location in Turkey : Millet Cad 186 Topkapi Tr-34270 Istanbul Turkey

Grand Star Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $46
Location in Turkey : Siraselviler 79 Taksim 80090 Istanbul Turkey

Grand Yavuz Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $34
Location in Turkey : Piyerioti Cad. 71/B Sultanahmet Istanbul Turkey

Green Park Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $50
Location in Turkey : Abdulhakhamit Cad. No.50 80090 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Hyatt Regency Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $134
Location in Turkey : Taskisla Caddesi 80090 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Ilkay Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $32
Location in Turkey : Hudavendigar Caddesi No.44-46 34420 Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey

Madison Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $50
Location in Turkey : Recep Pasa Cad 23 34437 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Marmara Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $116
Location in Turkey : Taksim Meydanni 80090 Taksim Istanbul Turkey

Merit Antique Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $78
Location in Turkey : Ordu Caddesi 226 Laleli 34470 Istanbul Turkey

Orient Express Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $44
Location in Turkey : Hudavendigar Caddesi No.34 34410 Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey

Pera Palas Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $58
Location in Turkey : Mesrutiyet Caddesi 98/100 Tepebasi Istanbul Turkey

Pierre Loti Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $40
Location in Turkey : Piyerloti Cad. 5 Cemberlitas 34400 Istanbul Turkey

President Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $48
Location in Turkey : Tiyatro Caddesi No. 25 34490 Beyazit Istanbul Turkey

Resadiye Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 3 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $30
Location in Turkey : Buyuk Karaman Caddesi No 6 Fatih Istanbul Turkey

Richmond Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $55
Location in Turkey : Istiklal Cad No 445 Beyoglu - Tunel 80670 Istanbul Turkey

Ritz Carlton Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $200
Location in Turkey : Suzer Plaza No.15 Elmadag/Sisli Istanbul 34367 Turkey

Romance Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $40
Location in Turkey : Hudavendigar Caddesi No.7 34410 Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey

Royal Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $37
Location in Turkey : Aksaray Caddesi No. 16 34480 Laleli Istanbul Turkey

Senator Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $40
Location in Turkey : Gengturk Caddesi Sirvanizade Sok 7 Sehzadebazi 34470 Istanbul Turkey

Seres Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $43
Location in Turkey : Hudavendigar Cad. 49 Sirkeci - Oldcity - Istanbul Turkey

Swissotel Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $167
Location in Turkey : Bayildim Caddesi 2 Macka Besiktas 80680 Istanbul Turkey

Swissotel (Bosphorus View) Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 5 Star
Hotel Rate Start from: $190
Location in Turkey : Bayildim Caddesi 2 Macka Besiktas 80680 Istanbul Turkey

Yigitalp Hotel Istanbul
Turkey Hotel-Resort Rating: 4 star
Hotel Rate Start from: $37
Location in Turkey : Gencturk Caddessi Cukurcesme Sok No:38 34470 Laleli Istanbul Turkey


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