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Why is Istanbul in the Top 10 Most Visited Cities in the World

At the crossroads of Western civilization and the Far East, there is a city so rich in history, tradition, and culture, it could be considered a global capitol. Indeed, in the days of the Roman Empire, Istanbul (or Constantinople, as was its previous moniker) was the capitol of the civilized world. It stood as the center of the longest standing empire mankind has ever seen, and to this day, maintains the charm and appeal that has always graced its personality.

Istanbul is located at the central juncture between Europe and Asia, straddling the straight that separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean, and beyond. As a result, Istanbul is a melting pot for people of different nationalities and backgrounds. Trade, tourism, politics, romance; Istanbul is a destination for any and all purposes.

A Mind of Its Own

Despite the constant influx of different cultures and peoples, the city of Istanbul has a culture and lifestyle all of its own. The city has been standing for centuries, throughout constant political and military turmoil. As a result, the people of Istanbul have a sense of pride in their city; the city that has stood the test of time. It is also the largest city in Turkey, a nation that possesses international relevance and clout.

Historical Landmarks

The historical significance of a city like Istanbul has given it more than its fair share of attractions and sites to visit. Wonders like the Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome can be found around every corner, and the Grand Bazaar market is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world (operating as a center of trade since 1461!). The remains of Roman and Byzantine architecture can be found throughout the city, along with the more recent Arabic influence of the Ottoman and Turkish nations. This combination creates an incredible mixture of past and present, contributing to the mystical aura our city exudes.

Romantic Location

Pleasantly nestled on the only entrance or exit to the Black Sea, Istanbul has some of the most beautiful views and panoramas available to the international tourist. It has a distinctly Mediterranean climate, ensuring a comfortable atmosphere at any time of year. Whether you are on your honeymoon or on a family vacation, Istanbul is the perfect atmosphere for a beautiful and relaxing visit.

Hotel Büyük Keban

Located in the heart of the Old City is one of Istanbul's top hotels, Hotel Büyük Keban. Offering four star services at three star prices, Hotel Büyük Keban is within walking distance to the majority of Istanbul's best sites. Besides its prime location, the staff at our establishment is courteous and helpful, and we will do everything we can to meet the wants and needs of our customers. If you would like to come experience our wonderful city, log onto our site to book your reservation today, and see for yourself why Istanbul is such a popular destination!

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