Located in the center of the Old World, Istanbul is a very important metropolis with its historical monuments and beautiful scenic landscapes. Where Asia and Europe continents are separated by a narrow sea passage, it is the only city on the continent that is built on two continents.
Having a history of more than 2500 years, Istanbul became an important trade center following its establishment in this strategic region where the sea and the land embraced.The historic city of Istanbul is located on a peninsula surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
Istanbul is one of the few cities that maintains the character of being the capital of the three empires, as well as being the economic center of every period. Istanbul is also the center of the country's air transport. In addition to the Atatürk Airport, Pendik Sabiha Gökçen Airport also serves Istanbul on the Anatolian side.
Museums with their numbers reaching 153 in Turkey and of 14 of them are in İstanbul and around 2 million 400 thousand work of exhibits are displayed at these locations and adding 34 per cent of them alone exclusively in İstanbul exhibits.