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A city of imposing palaces
Istanbul is a city of palaces rich in splendor, which were once the homes of the many powerful emperors and sultans who ruled the land for thousands of years. These palaces flaunt the opulence of a bygone era when this city was the center of administration, trade and culture of two giant empires. Most of these palaces now house historical relics and priceless cultural treasures.
A city of districts with their distinct charm
Istanbul’s Asian side is the eastern part of the city that has upscale and lovely neighborhoods along the coast of the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorous strait. Bosphorous, which lies on the Eastern bank of the Bosphorous, is the site of numerous historic palaces, lovely waterfront mansions, parks and bohemian communities. New City is the city’s main business district and the best place to shop because of the numerous shopping malls in the district.
The Western Suburbs on Istanbul’s European side consists mostly of residential areas from luxurious multi-million villas on the coast of the Marmara Sea to slum dwellings in the district’s northern side.
The Golden Horn district occupies the banks of the estuary of the Golden Horn. It is a district of sacred mosques, museums, cemeteries and parks. Those who prefer an active nightlife should head for the district of Galata where nightspots in the city are concentrated. The last of the districts is Princes’ Islands, an archipelago of nine differently sized islands with beautiful wooden mansions, lush pine gardens and scenic views.
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