Istanbul is the cultural and financial center of Turkey. The city in the past served as an important center of empires and offers visitors with numerous historic and religious places to visit. Located between the Black Sea and Marmara Sea, Istanbul has got the distinction of being the only city that bridges Asia and Europe. The city is dotted with numerous ancient monuments that date back to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras.
Some of the top tourist attractions in Istanbul include Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Wonderful boat trips along the Bosphorus followed by shopping at the vibrant Bazaars are some of the most important activities to do in the city. Besides this, other important tourist places of interest in Istanbul include Chora Museum, Dolmabahce Palace and Istanbul Modern.