It's difficult to find a city in the world that is larger, more vibrant and more fabulous than Istanbul. If its rich heritage seems sometimes to engulf its visitors in torrents of eternal splendor, the Turkish capital surprises with its spontaneity. This characterful metropolis, feeling both eastern and western and which was Byzantium before becoming Constantinople, has a deeply moving history that's thousands of years old.
Like Rome, can you really do a tour of Istanbul? With disconcerting multiplicity and mesmerizing diversity, the infinite beauty of Istanbul is such that a coffee break in a meyhane (bar) in the Eminönü district, along the Bosphorus, is often essential. So why not take the opportunity and contemplate the soft colors of this marvelous city. For Istanbul is truly discovered in its chromatic shades, starting with its eternal ambassador: The Blue Mosque, or Sultanahmet Camii. Dreamlike with its architectural richness and fascinating with its atmospheric beauty, the ancient arches of this magnificent building cry out to be admired, while its blue domes seduce without any resistance. The view of the building and its six minarets completes this divine picture.
An ode to the Arab world and its refinement is paraded amid the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia museum, a former church whose foundations date back to the 4th century. Enormous inside, the thousand-year old monument proves to be of unparalleled sophistication, once you've walked through its wide doors. This is when all the majesty of Turkey begins to resonates, combining beliefs and eras in a timeless harmony; as you'll find on the church pediment of Saint Anthony of Padua, a stone's throw from Istiklâl Caddesi Avenue. A prestigious Istanbul road that calls on all the senses, this Turkish symbol promises a hedonistic and modern oriental journey in a delightful feeling of mayhem. In step with its time and its changes, Istanbul will remain, forever, a city of refinement, whether spiritual or earthly.