The city of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and one of the world’s 15 biggest urban areas, is located on the Bosporus Strait and covers the entire length of the Golden Horn, a natural harbor. Because to its size, Istanbul incorporates parts of Europe as well as Asia. The city is the only metropolis to span more than one continent in the world.

Because it has a long history that dates back to the rise and Fall of the World’s Most Famous Empires, Istanbul is crucial to history. It was one of the most important cities of Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and eventually The Republic of Turkey.

The city of Istanbul has more than 20 million visitors each year, according to the most recent statistics. The number of foreign tourists who came to Turkey in 2018 was 13.4 million, making it the world’s eighth most visited city eight years after being named a European Capital of Culture. Several UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found in Istanbul, as well as the headquarters of many Turkish firms, which account for over thirty percent of Turkey’s economy.