The only city on earth with two continents. "There God and human nature and art combined together, created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see." Lamartine's famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic. Once capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here. When the sun goes down, İstanbul opens it’s doors to all kinds of entertainment...especially in Taksim.
What is there in Taksim? Simply everything! History, culture, art, shopping, entertainment of all kind, Turkish food, all kinds of people, rich and poor, cosy and posh, anything…! It is where you should not leave Istanbul without seeing. Taksim (Beyoglu and Istiklal Street is the main part) lies on a historic region. The region is alive for almost 24 hours. There are many opportunities for different tastes of entertainment. Don’t forget to lift your head up in the street once in a while and take in the historic buildings surrounding you.