Entitled as one of the most dynamic cities in the world by “Cities of Opportunity Report” of PwC, Istanbul is literally a metropolis. Istanbul is a transcontinental city straddling two continents by its inland sea, Marmara. One of the world’s busiest waterways, the Bosphorus, is situated in northwestern Türkiye between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Connecting the two seas, Bosphorus also separates İstanbul to two sides known as European side and Asian side. Istanbul is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but also became a hub for contemporary artistic developments and creative industries. İstanbul’s cosmopolitan spirit –diverse and intercultural- is proved by the fact that nearly 75 K companies dealing with international trade which makes the city also a financial capital.
TRANSPORTATION IN ISTANBUL
Istanbul has a very extensive subway network and public transportation system.
Subway Network Map
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For detail information about public transportation in Istanbul, please visit https://iett.istanbul/en
SHOPPING IN ISTANBUL
Besides being the cultural and historical capital of Türkiye, Istanbul also offers plenty for shopping. Some of the most famous malls are very close to congress venue.
Özdilek Park İstanbul
Next to Wyndham Grand Levent Istanbul
Number of Stores: 115
Number of Restaurants and Cafes on Food Corner: 38
Distance to Venue: 350 meters / 5 minutes by walking
Number of Stores: 117
Number of Restaurants and Cafes on Food Corner: 41
Distance to Venue: 180 meters / 2 minutes by walking
Number of Stores: 54
Number of Restaurants and Cafes on Food Corner: 13
Distance to Venue: 4,6 km / 10 minutes by car
Number of Stores: 191
Number of Restaurants and Cafes on Food Corner: 44
Distance to Venue: 7,1 km / 15 minutes by car
Number of Stores: 158
Number of Restaurants and Cafes on Food Corner: 16
Distance to Venue: 13,9 km / 30 minutes by car
Number of Stores: About 4.000
SIGHTSEEING IN ISTANBUL
Istanbul offers the unique experience of the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant travel between the past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the modern. Some information about the important and famous sightseeing places of the city is below. To have more detailed information about Istanbul, you can visit Tourism and Travel Guide to Istanbul of Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Tourism https://goistanbulturkiye.com/
It’s said that when the Byzantine Emperor Justinian entered his finished church for the first time in AD 536, he cried out “Glory to God that I have been judged worthy of such a work. Oh Solomon, I have outdone you!” The Aya Sofya (formerly the Hagia Sophia) was the emperor’s swaggering statement to the world of the wealth and technical ability of his empire. Tradition maintained that the area surrounding the emperor’s throne within the church was the official center of the world. Through its conversion to a mosque, after the Ottoman armies conquered Constantinople, to its further conversion into a museum in the 20th century, the Aya Sofya has remained one of Istanbul’s most cherished landmarks.
First built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century, this glorious palace beside the Bosphorus was where the sultans of the Ottoman Empire ruled over their dominions up until the 19th century. The vast complex is a dazzling display of Islamic art, with opulent courtyards lined with intricate hand-painted tile-work, linking a warren of sumptuously decorated rooms, all bounded by battlemented walls and towers. Of the many highlights here, the most popular are the Harem (where the sultan’s many concubines and children would spend their days); the Second Court, where you can walk through the vast Palace Kitchens and stand in awe at the dazzling interior of the Imperial Council Chamber; and the Third Court, which contained the sultan’s private rooms. The Third Court also displays an impressive collection of relics of the Prophet Muhammad in the Sacred Safekeeping Room and is home to the Imperial Treasury, where you’re greeted with a cache of glittering gold objects and precious gems that will make your eyes water.
The Basilica Cistern is one of Istanbul’s most surprising tourist attractions. This huge, palace-like underground hall, supported by 336 columns in 12 rows, once stored the imperial water supply for the Byzantine emperors. The project was begun by Constantine the Great but finished by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Many of the columns used in construction were recycled from earlier classical structures and feature decorative carvings. The most famous of these are the column bases known as the Medusa stones in the northwest corner with their Medusa head carvings. A visit here is very atmospheric with the columns beautifully lit and the soft, steady trickle of water all around you.
For many visitors, sightseeing in Istanbul is as much about shopping as museums and monumental attractions, and the Grand Bazaar is where everyone comes. This massive covered market is basically the world’s first shopping mall, taking up a whole city quarter, surrounded by thick walls, between the Nure Osmaniye Mosque and Beyazit Mosque. The Beyazit Mosque (built in 1498-1505) itself occupies the site of Theodosius I’s Forum and has architecture inspired by the Aya Sofya. Entrance to the bazaar is through one of 11 gates from where a maze of vaulted-ceiling laneways, lined by shops and stalls selling every Turkish souvenir and handicraft you could imagine, cover the area. The various trades are still mostly segregated into particular sections, which makes browsing easier.
Chora means “country” in Greek, and this beautiful Church (originally called the Church of St. Saviour of Chora) lay just outside old Constantinople’s city walls. The first Chora Church was probably built here in the 5th century, but what you see now is the building’s 6th reconstruction as it was destroyed completely in the 9th century and went through several facelifts from the 11th to 14th centuries. The church (now a museum) is rightly world-famous for its fabulously vibrant 14th-century mosaics, preserved almost intact in the two narthexes and fragmentarily in the nave, and the frescoes along the walls and domes. These incredible examples of Byzantine artistry cover a wide range of themes, from the genealogy of Christ to the New Testament stories.
This Genoese tower was built in the 14th century and is one of Istanbul’s most recognizable landmarks. Take the elevator or the stairs for great panoramic views over the city from the top balcony. Be aware, though, that it’s a super popular sight, so come early or be prepared to wait in line.
Istanbul and Türkiye offer unique places to its visitors.
Daily tour options and pre/post congress tour options for an unforgettable experience will be announced.