Main Attractions & Sightseeing in Istanbul - Istanbul travel information guide
Information on Istanbul
Our Istanbul travel information guide
here details sightseeing information on the main tourist attractions
within Istanbul, Turkey. From ornate Ottoman palaces and elegant
mosques, or older Byzantine churches with beautiful mosaics
to many other ancient relics from this once powerful empire,
find out more here...
'opposite shore' to the harbor of the Golden Horn, or Galata
in Byzantine times, is today's Taksim downtown and dining area.
In its lifetime it has seen Jewish, Italian and French inhabitants...
Galata Tower was built by
a Genoese colony in 1348 as a part of their fortifications.
From the early 13th century, after the fourth crusade, there
had been a Genoese settlement in the city, as Latin Kings had
Of the 25,000 Jews living
in Turkey, 22,000 of them reside in Istanbul. Most of them are
ancestors of those expelled from Spain in 1492. Although they
are Orthodox Jews, their practices are a bit different...