Interesting facts about Istanbul


Posted on Nov 25, 2022      280


Istanbul, amazing in its diversity, is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has changed hands countless times and all those cultures and eras have left their imprint on it, making it truly unique. Of course, most of the tourists who come to Turkey go somewhere in Antalya, but this city undoubtedly deserves the closest attention. It leaves no one indifferent.

Facts about Istanbul

  • Istanbul is about 1600 years.
  • At different times, Istanbul was the capital of four different empires.
  • It is the only city in the world that is in Asia and Europe at the same time.
  • When the city was founded, it was called Byzantium. Nowadays, the ancient Byzantium is one district of the Old City of Istanbul.
  • After the Turks took over, the city of Constantinople was renamed by them to Istanbul and appointed as the new capital of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Istanbul is really safe. Cheat on the market cunning traders here can easily, but tourists strolling in the evening on the streets, nothing to fear.

  • Istanbul ranks second in the world in the number of registered marriages annually. The American Las Vegas is still in first place.
  • Contrary to popular myth, the capital of the Republic of Turkey is not Istanbul, but Ankara.
  • The street food here is as affordable as anywhere in Thailand, and it, too, is sold literally on every corner.
  • The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the biggest covered market in the world.
  • The Greeks still call this city Constantinople, but the Turks have always called it Istanbul, so it was never officially renamed.
  • In both Turkish and English, the city’s name is pronounced “Istanbul”.
  • People lived in the territory of modern Istanbul over 8.5 thousand years ago.
  • Every year a great number of tourists come here. Only the basic sights of Istanbul every year bring in over 30 million dollars to the state treasury of Turkey, not to mention a little less famous.
  • Once a record low temperature of -16.1 degrees was recorded in Istanbul.
  • Rooms and halls of the Istanbul Topkapi Palace occupy an area of 700 thousand square meters.
  • Famous throughout the East, the major market of Istanbul is on 66 streets, on which about 4 thousand stores and outlets are operating.
  • During the history of this city, it was ruled by 10 Roman emperors, 30 Ottoman sultans and over 80 Byzantine rulers.
  • Istanbul is home to about 20% of the total population of Turkey.
  • The most famous train in the world, the Orient Express, made famous by Agatha Christie, runs between Istanbul and Paris.

  • The Istanbul Metro is one of the oldest in the world.
  • Istanbul has more public toilets than any other city in the world.
  • The church of St. Stephen of Bulgaria, located here, is the only church in the world built entirely of iron.
  • At the beginning of the last century, about half of the inhabitants of Istanbul were Christians, but now a large part of the local population practices Islam. There are many temples of many religions and denominations in the world.
  • Over 20 districts of Istanbul are fully recognized as global cultural and historical heritage.
  • Throughout Istanbul, you can see small houses with bowls in front of them. They are intended for stray cats.
  • Many ferries connect the European and Asian parts of Istanbul.
  • Under the Bosporus Strait, which separates the city and the continents, there is the world’s deepest underground train tunnel. This line is called “Marmaray”, and its construction lasted 9 years.
  • The length of the suspension bridge over the Bosporus exceeds 1.5 kilometers.
  • It was in Istanbul that such a popular delicacy as Turkish delight was invented.
  • In Istanbul’s Miniature Park you can look at reduced, but very accurate copies of all Turkish sights.
  • The largest aquarium in Europe is in Istanbul.

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