I is for... Istanbul
A skyline silhouette of shapely domes and slender minarets is instantly recognisable as Istanbul. Straddling continents across the Bosphorus Strait, this ancient city combines characteristics from Asia and Europe. Head to the Old Quarter and visit the golden mosaics of Hagia Sophia, one of the most influential religious buildings in the world.
Visit the nearby Blue Mosque, whose photogenic exterior gives it its unofficial name and makes it an icon of the city; no Instagram filter required. After exploring the Grand Bazaar, leave the hustle and bustle behind and relax like sultans at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, where sumptuous suites and rooms look out over the blue waters of the Bosphorus.
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