Best places to visit in Turkey: Our pick #1
The only city to span two continents, Istanbul sits on the Bosphorus - the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Its illustrious past has left behind a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar and colourful street life. Sultanahmet, the compact old city of Istanbul, is full of parks, gardens and stunning sights. The Blue Mosque is famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets. Hagia Sofia was constructed in the 6th century and reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when it became a mosque. And just around the corner is Topkapi Palace.