Istanbul is a natural gateway on two continents, Europe and Asia, a metropolis with 8,500 years of rich history.

Bringing Europe and Asia together, Istanbul is the historical and cultural capital of Turkey. For ages, the city of Istanbul hosted countless cultures and civilizations and acted as the capital of various ruling empires. Istanbul has a lot unique qualities with its history, economic value, geographical location and culture.

It is definitely a “must-see destination” for all kinds of travelers and a financial center for global brands. Once-proud Constantinople’s history is marvelous and memorable. Istanbul’s history can be divided into 3 parts: the Byzantine period, the Ottoman period and the current Republic period.

Even now, every single street of Istanbul has some pieces of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. The city is living and breathing with its thousands-of-years-long history. It is the capital of history and culture and the heart of civilizations.

The city is naturally beautiful, it’s exciting scene blending a metropolitan way of life and modern infrastructure makes it a unique meeting place for businesses.


is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a hub for contemporary artistic developments and creative industries.

Today 75,000 companies operate international trade in the city and it is a financial center for the region.


As the youngest population in top European Cities, Istanbul’s high-quality educational institutions, cultural diversity, and enviable lifestyle have transformed the city.

Istanbul is the center of higher education in Turkey. The city's 58 universities and 11 technology development zones make Istanbul a hub of learning, inspiration, and innovation.

In addition, Istanbul has more than three million students from primary school to university. Out of these three million students, 890K study in higher education programs.


Istanbul is a city that lives 24/7. The city is an eclectic and unique combination of various cultures and traditions. As a result, Istanbul can easily be described an an open-air museum with its palaces, mosques, churches, and other historic monuments. After seeing the various sights of this open-air museum, you can experience the city’s colorful nightlife. In Istanbul there is something for everyone; bars playing rock, jazz or blues, dance clubs, or traditional taverns.

Moreover, Istanbul is home to the best restaurants which offer selections from Turkish cuisine as well as other internationally renowned cuisines. Millions of travelers come to Istanbul each year for a taste of the city’s rich and vibrant cuisine.

Istanbul will also satisfy shopping enthusiasts with its historic bazaars, more than 100 modern shopping centers, open-air markets, and antique stores.


Istanbul is among the most special cities in the world with its position as a bridge between Europe and Asia. To the south of Istanbul lays the Marmara Sea, and to it’s north the Black Sea. The Western part of the city is in Europe, the Eastern in Asia. The vital watercourse that divides Istanbul is the Bosphorus. As a seaport, it is both the closest Asian city to Europe and the closest European city to Asia. Istanbul’s value rests on its strategic commercial importance.


Istanbul has a climate which combines those of the Mediterranean and Black Sea types, with a hot, dry summer and pleasantly warm spring and fall.

Winters are cold but snow is rare. The vegetation is predominantly of the Mediterranean type. Min/Max temperatures:

January and February

March and April

14- 24°C,


July and August
20- 33°C,

September and October

November and December