For history lovers, Istanbul is not to be missed. As the only city in the world that straddles two continents, the former Constantinople offers a wealth of history to which no other city can lay claim. Istanbul has been the epicenter of not one, not two, but four great empires - the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire,the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. Constantinople was a bastion of Christianity as well as a stronghold of Islam during the last Ottoman caliphate, and the city has long been a central crossroads for commerce and international exchange, from the ancient Silk Road to the booming multifaceted economy of the present. As you walk in the footsteps of Ottoman sultans and Roman emperors, consider staying at the completely renovated Hotel Büyük Keban, right in the middle of the Historical Peninsula.