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Istanbul

Spanning Europe and Asia, exotic Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Domes and minarets enhance the skyline.

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Istanbul in detail

Spanning Europe and Asia, exotic Istanbul is one of the world's most fascinating cities. Domes and minarets enhance the skyline. In the old Stamboul area, traces remain of every city built since the community was established over 600 years before Christ.

Once Rome's eastern capital, Istanbul was also the center of the huge Ottoman Empire. Landmarks include Hagia Sophia, once Christendom's greatest church; the Blue Mosque with its striking Iznik tiles; Topkapi Palace, containing a sultan's ransom of treasures; Chora Church with its Byzantine mosaics; and the Grand Bazaar, the ultimate shopping experience.

  • Time Zone GMT + 2
  • Currency Turkish Lira (YTL)
  • Language Turkish
  • Population 15 million

Istanbul Weather

  • Temperature
  • Rainfall

temperature degrees centigrade

Jan
6
Feb
6
Mar
7.5
Apr
12
May
16.5
Jun
21
Jul
23
Aug
23.5
Sep
20
Oct
16
Nov
11.5
Dec
8

rainfall in mm

Jan
95
Feb
71
Mar
58
Apr
43
May
30
Jun
23
Jul
19
Aug
16
Sep
29
Oct
53
Nov
90
Dec
102