Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul (IST,SAW)
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Istanbul

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait.

Information & Facts

Activities

 Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Climate

Under the Köppen Climate Classification climate classification, "dry-summer subtropical" climates are often referred to as "Mediterranean". This climate zone has an an average temperature above 10°C (50°F) in their warmest months, and an average in the coldest between 18 to -3°C (64 to 27°F).

Language

Turkish is the main language spoken.

Money

Turkish Lira is the main currency used.

Time

2 hours ahead of GMT