About Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul: A City of Rich Culture and Opportunity

About Istanbul

Istanbul, often referred to as the bridge between East and West, is a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and modernity. As you prepare to attend TUREK 2023 at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel Istanbul, let us introduce you to the enchanting city that awaits you.

Must-See Historical Sites
While your business schedule may be busy, we encourage you to explore Istanbul’s iconic landmarks during your visit. Some must-see places include:

Hagia Sophia: This historic marvel, once a cathedral and then a mosque, is now a museum. Its stunning architecture and rich history make it a top attraction.

Topkapi Palace: Discover the opulent history of Ottoman sultans in this grand palace, which features impressive courtyards, lush gardens, and a fascinating museum.

Blue Mosque: Also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, its six minarets and stunning blue tilework are truly captivating.

Dolmabahce Palace: Marvel at the splendor of the Dolmabahce Palace, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture, located on the shores of the Bosphorus. Explore its opulent interiors and beautiful gardens. However, Dolmabahçe Palace is perhaps most renowned for its association with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. Atatürk used the palace as his residence during his visits to Istanbul and conducted some of his most critical work here. In 1927, Atatürk passed away in Dolmabahçe Palace, and the clock in the palace is still set to the exact time of his death, 9:05 AM, as a mark of respect and remembrance.

Bosphorus Cruise: Take a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, where Europe and Asia meet. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city’s skyline, historic landmarks, and the picturesque shores along the way.

Grand Bazaar: Shop for unique souvenirs, textiles, spices, and more in one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets.

Fun Facts
Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, separated by the Bosphorus Strait.

The city has been the capital of three different empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman, making it a true historical treasure trove.

Turkish delight, a popular sweet treat, originated in Istanbul. You can find it in a variety of flavors and styles at local markets and sweet shops.

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, with over 4,000 shops. It’s a labyrinth of vibrant colors, scents, and treasures waiting to be discovered.

The city is home to over 3,000 mosques, each with its unique architectural charm. The skyline is adorned with minarets that create a stunning silhouette.

Istanbul’s public transportation system includes ferries, trams, and a funicular, making it easy to explore the city and its diverse neighborhoods.

The Turkish bath, known as a "hamam," is a time-honored tradition in Istanbul. It’s not just a place to cleanse but also to socialize and relax.

Istanbul is a city of cats, and they are considered a symbol of good luck. You’ll find them lounging around historic sites, parks, and even in cafes.

The traditional Turkish breakfast, known as "kahvaltı," is a feast of olives, cheeses, bread, and various spreads. It’s a delightful culinary experience.

Istanbul’s underground Basilica Cistern, featuring rows of ancient columns and mysterious Medusa heads, has been featured in several films and novels, adding to its allure.

These fun facts offer a glimpse into the city’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, making Istanbul a destination that combines history, tradition, and modernity in a truly unique way. Enjoy your time exploring all that Istanbul has to offer!

Dining
Istanbul offers a vibrant culinary scene with flavors that cater to every palate. Don’t miss out on:
Turkish Kebabs: Savor delicious grilled meats, like lamb or chicken, seasoned with aromatic spices.
Baklava: Indulge in this sweet, flaky pastry filled with nuts and honey.
Turkish Tea and Coffee: Experience the rich culture of tea and coffee in Istanbul’s charming cafes.

Did You Know!?
Did you know that the Hilton Bomonti Hotel Istanbul offers stunning panoramic views of the city? Take some time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of your hotel.
As you prepare for the upcoming congress, we hope this brief introduction to Istanbul has piqued your interest in exploring this beautiful and culturally rich city. We wish you a successful and enjoyable stay in Istanbul and at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel.