As one of the world's great cities, famous for its historical monuments and magnificent beautiful panoramas, Istanbul can claim not only its historic heritage as the center of the old world but also an important modern metropolis of commerce, technology and culture. It is also the only city in the world that straddles two continents: Istanbul lies along the Bosphorus, one of the world’s busiest waterways. It is a city that seamlessly juxtaposes and mixes Asia and Europe in fascinating ways. Istanbul dates back over 8,500 years, and it has been an inspiring crossroads of cultures ever since. Here are five reasons you will love staying in Istanbul’s Old City.