Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and 5 largest city proper world.Istanbul in the world with a population of 13 million, also making it the largest metropolis in Europe proper and the second largest conurbation in Europe population.Istanbul is also in the list of the most visited cities is also a Mega City, and the cultural, economic and financial center of Turkey. The city covers 39 districts of Istanbul is located on the Bosphorus province.It and includes the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It covers both the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that lies on two continents. Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city known.
During its long history had been in Istanbul as the capital of the Roman Empire (330-c.395), Byzantium (c.395-1204 & 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261) and the Ottoman Empire served (1453 to 1922). Then put the new Republic of Turkey, its capital to Ankara during the Turkish War of Independence. Istanbul was chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2010 and European Capital of Sport for 2012. The historic district of the city were included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage in 1985.
Shopping Centers in Istanbul
Istanbul has numerous historic shopping centers, such as the Grand Bazaar (1461), Mahmutpa?a Bazaar (1462) and the Egyptian Bazaar (1660). The first modern shopping mall in Turkey Galleria Ataköy was (1987), dozens of others in recent decades, as Akmerkez followed (1993), the only mall, both "Europe's Best" to win is "World's Best" awards by the ICSC, Metro City (2003); Cevahir Mall (2005), the largest shopping center in Europe, and Kanyon Mall (2006), which won the 2006 Cityscape Architectural Review Award for its interesting design. Istinye Park (2007) and City Ni?anta?? (2008) are two new shopping centers, high-end target consumers and are devoted almost exclusively to world-famous fashion brands.
Restaurants in Istanbul
Along with the traditional Turkish restaurants, many European and Far Eastern restaurants and numerous other cuisines are also thriving in the city. Most of the historic wine town houses (meyhane in Turkish) and pubs are in the areas around ?stiklal Avenue in Beyo?lu. The 19th Century Çiçek Pasaj? (literally Flower Passage in Turkish, or Cité de Pera in French) on Istiklal Avenue, which has many historical meyhanes, has bars and restaurants, from Hristaki Zografos Efendi on the former site of the Naum Theatre built and inaugurated in 1876. The famous Nevizade Street, which has rows of historic meyhanes side by side, is also in this area.
Other historic pubs are found in the areas around Tünel Pasaj? and the nearby Asmal?mescit Sokagi. Some historic district around ?stiklal Avenue were rebuilt recently, with varying success, as Cezayir Sokagi near Galatasaray Lisesi, that has rows of pubs, cafes and restaurants with live music.
Istanbul is also famous for its historic seafood restaurants, as an example, has a pedestrian-only area Kumkap? which is dedicated to seafood restaurants. About 30 seafood restaurants are there, many of them found among the best in town. Many of the most popular fish restaurants along the banks of the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea south of the city are displayed side. The largest of the Princes' Islands in the Marmara Sea (namely Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada and K?nal?ada) and Anadolu Kavagi near the northern entrance of the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea (near Yoros fortress, the Genoese as the castle was known for Genoa possession in the middle of the 15th . century) also have many historic seafood restaurants.