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Title: HISTORICALLY DYNAMIC ISTANBUL


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HISTORICALLY DYNAMIC ISTANBUL
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WHY ISTANBUL?
Istanbul is a city of unparalleled historical and
cultural richness that is as fascinating and
historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving
as the capital of three mighty empires and set
squarely between two continents, Istanbul has
cultures and traditions that blend East with West
and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each
civilization that has made its home in Istanbul
has left its mark in some way, and the result we
see today is a city that could only have come
about after thousands of years of diverse
cultures each adding a little something. With one
foot in Europe and another in Asia, and a vibrant
atmosphere rooted in history while facing toward
the future, Istanbul is truly as much a
crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever.
Come see it for yourself! Add your footsteps to
those of the millions who have walked along the
Bosphorus for millennia and sampled all that
Istanbul has to offer.
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Istanbul is Europes Culture Capital in 2010
Istanbul, which has long captured the imagination
of artists, writers and travelers with its rich
classical, Byzantine and Ottoman heritage, has
been selected as the European Capital of Culture
in 2010. Seven-member jury including
representatives from European Parliament,
European Commission, European Council and
Committee of Regions selected Istanbul as the
European Capital of Culture. The Istanbul bid is
based on the four elements of ancient Greek
philosophy -- earth, air, fire and water -- and
embrace scores of events, lectures, exhibitions,
concerts, plays and shows. Designed to
"contribute to bringing the peoples of Europe
together", the European City of Culture project
was launched, at the initiative of Melina
Mercouri, by the Council of Ministers in 1985. It
has become ever more popular with the citizens of
Europe and has seen its cultural and
socio-economic influence grow through the many
visitors it has attracted.
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Accessibility
Istanbul has always been a meeting place, a
crosspoint, and a destination. Now, with the
construction of the new Ataturk Istanbul
International Airport completed in 2000, getting
to and from Istanbul has never been easier. With
a capacity of over 14 million travelers per year,
soon to be expanded to over 20 million, Istanbul
is surprisingly within reach-infact, it's less
than a three-hour flight from most European
cities. Located at the crossroads of East and
West, Istanbul offers easy air connections to
hundreds of cities around the world. The new
airport is modern and designed with passenger
ease in mind from the 64 passport control
checkpoints so that customs lines stay short and
hassle-free, to the state-of-the-art security
system that consistently receives top ratings
from America's Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA). In addition to Ataturk International,
Istanbul has a second airport located on the
Asian side of the city, Sabiha Gokcen
International Airport, which is an important
arrival point especially for charter and cargo
flights and special events. Sabiha Gokcen is an
ideal alternative to Ataturk International that
shows great foresight by those preparing for
Istanbul's future growth.
There are numerous options for getting around
Istanbul. Besides taxi, reliable and affordable
public buses, fast, clean and convenient trams
and the subway, the enjoyable ferry system and
unique to Istanbul, dolmus, or shared taxis are
also great ways to travel in the city.
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Historic Heart
Do you start with ancient history and artifacts,
or do you start with the Roman, Byzantine or
Ottoman Empires? Istanbul was capital of all
three. Few cities in the world have such an
amazing array of treasures. Istanbul is a natural
gateway, offering a friendly welcome and genuine
hospitality. It is a metropolis proud of its rich
history and unrivaled natural beauty spread on
two continents, Europe and Asia, divided by the
Bosphrous. It is attractive both for the beauty
of the surrounding landscape and for its
historical treasures.
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Outstanding Cultural Life Istanbuls unique
character is well represented in its cultural
life. Here you will find significant examples of
Islamic Art, masterpieces of ceramic art as well
as modern art at the recently opened Istanbul
Modern Art Museum. Sabanci Museum's collection of
precious manuscripts and extensive collection of
19th and 20th century paintings are on permanent
exhibition. The museum also hosts national and
foreign exhibitions. It hosted an unique Picasso
and Rodin Exhibitions recently. Istanbul also
hosts the Istanbul Biennial, which is a themed
month-long event meant to encourage stimulating
artistic dialogue and understanding between
artists from different fields and different
cultures. There's so much to do, from theatres
and exhibitions to museums, historic and
architectural tours and cruises.
Istanbul Biennal 2004 Poster
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Memorable Entertainment Nightlife
From the ubiquitous sounds of live, traditional
Turkish music and dancing in restaurants
throughout the city to cultural and artistic
events, international festivals, and glitzy clubs
and bars on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a city
that knows how to entertain, and it knows how to
party. Whether you're looking for family
entertainment, educational events, or just
looking for a night out that would make Dionysus
proud, Istanbul's got it all, from the
water-front clubs with internationally-recognized
DJs to five-star dining and even sushi on the
Bosphorus! Nightlife in Istanbul is a way of
life, and few cities in the world have such a
variety of world-class clubs and bars.
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Exciting Events and Festivals
The Istanbul festival season generally runs from
April to November, with several great events
planned for that period. The largest and most
important festivals are organized and promoted by
the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts,
founded in 1973. With international festivals for
Film, Theatre, Music, and Jazz, Istanbul attracts
big names and large crowds, always with a truly
international artistic flair. Istanbul's
festivals are generally city-wide events, with
showings taking place at any number of
interesting venues across the city.
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Delicious Turkish Cuisine
Turkish cuisine is among the most varied and
extensive in the world, and fine restaurants
offering the classics of Turkish cuisine as well
as modern interpretations of classic favorites
dot the Istanbul culinary landscape. Istanbul,
with a restaurant almost literally at every turn,
is a real culinary treat, and a snacker's
paradise. Whether you try the variations of
Kebabs, or the fresh fish from the Bosphorus or
the numerous kinds of fresh vegetables, you are
guaranteed the delicious dining experience.
Turkey is also home to a burgeoning wine
industry, which is just now beginning to gain
some international acclaim. The Bogazkere,
Okuzgozu, and Kalecikkarasi grape varieties yield
excellent vintages and are definitely worth a
try. With vinyards all across western Anatolia
between the age-old lunar landscapes of
Cappadocia, the Euphates Valley, Thrace and the
Aegean, there is no shortage of excellent choices
of wines. If you're looking for a taste of the
world, international cuisine is available at
enticing locations across Istanbul, historic and
modern, many with breathtaking views of the
Bosphorus.
As they always say, cosmopolitan Istanbul is a
meeting place of cultures, and has been for
centuries. And that also means it's also a
meeting-place of foods and cuisines. So come to
Turkey, experiment a little, and as the Turks
say, "Afiyet olsun.," or "Bon appetit."
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Istanbul as a Meeting Destination
Istanbul is one of the world's most exciting
conference destinations and is an increasingly
popular choice for the world's leading
international associations, and meeting planners.
Istanbul is home to numerous members of the ICCA,
the International Congress and Convention
Association, which is the most extensive and
prominent meetings organization in the world.
Istanbul's outstanding infrastructure, including
modern, luxurious accommodations,
state-of-the-art conference and exhibition venues
and experienced conference professionals, makes
it a logical choice for organizers. And, when
combined with the city's fabulous history and
stunning natural beauty, not to mention cultural
riches, exciting shopping, sophisticated
nightlife and world-class dining, it's not hard
to figure out why top associations choose
Istanbul, and enjoy exceptionally high attendance
when they do! So, when you can offer your guests
luxury accommodations, organize your conference
from the plenary session to the closing
ceremonies in facilities equipped with the latest
technology and able to accommodate over 3,500 for
a banquet, plus give them Istanbul's 3,500 years
of history to discover and the beauty of the
Bosphorus, you can naturally expect to create an
outstanding event.
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GRAND CEVAHIR HOTEL ISTANBUL 5 Star Grand
Cevahir Hotel has the biggest ballroom in Europe,
Grand Cevahir Hotel Convention Center, has
been specially designed to cater to every need
from business meetings to conventions, product
launches to large social events. 
Rooms Grand
Cevahir Hotel offers superior accomodation in
luxury. There is air-conditioning with 4
settings, mini bar, internet access, satellite
TV, voice mail system, direct telephone, alarm,
music broadcast, electronic door key system,
private safe, bath phone, bath emergency call,
24 hour room service and dry-cleaning service .
Meetings There are 22 acoustically designed and
high ceiling meeting rooms including the largest
ballroom in Turkey are offered combined with the
latest technology at the of the Grand Cevahir
Hotel and Convention Center.
Location Grand Cevahir Hotel is located
approximately 20 km from Atatürk International
Airport, and at the city centre of Istanbul.
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Entertainment Options
Whirling Dervishes Performances Interactive
Percussion Shows Belly Dancers Folkloric Dance
Shows Various Music Bands/Groups Various Dance
Company Performances Traditional Turkish/Ottoman
Nights Theme Parties
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Historic and Cultural Sites
Number of different interesting tours available
through these extraordinary sites, museums,
mosques and palaces Full-day or half day tours
in the old city. Special shopping trips
Historical cruises visiting palaces along the
Bosphorus Day excursions to near by islands or
outdoor activities/games Special trips to
historical Turkish Baths Coffee/Tea Breaks or
luncheons in historical tea houses or cafes Art
Museum visits Sunset Cruises on the Bosphorus or
in the Golden Horn with Sultan Kayiks
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Istanbul Highlights Hagia (St.) Sophia This
magnificient architecture was built by
Constantine the great and considered as the
masterpiece of Byzantine art. Its first
construction dates back to the end of the 4th
century. Considered as The Eight Wonder of the
World, this brilliant historical site is a must
see in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace Another must
see in Istanbul. This palace was the imperial
residence of the Ottoman sultans and it is the
most extensive and fascinating monument of
Turkish civil architecture in existence. It also
houses extraordinary collections of porcelain,
armour, fabrics, jewelery, miniatures,
calligraphy and many other precious objects that
once belonged to the sultans and their
court. Blue Mosque Facing Hagia Sophia, famous
with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6
minarets, was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
It is almost the symbol of Istanbul. The blue and
white of more than 20.000 Iznik tiles are in a
perfect harmony with golden manuscripts of Koran
and the red of the carpets. Hippodrome
Hippodrome was constructed with the order of
the Roman Emperor Septimus and then reconstructed
as the hippodrome during the reign of
Constantine the Great. The center of social life
for Byzantium and Ottoman Empire could host
100,000 spectators. It was the scene of countless
political and military events during the long
life of this city. The Eygptian Obelisk is one of
the three monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
This 3500-year-old monument was brought to
Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390
AD. Underground Basillica Cistern It is one the
most breathtaking historical sites in Istanbul.
Here one discovers the grandiose nature of the
past while touring through Istanbuls largest and
most magnificient underground Cistern. It was
built by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century
to supply water to the near by palace complex.
The cistern has 336 decorated columns. Two
spectacular Medusa head carvings were discovered
during the restoration works.
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Istanbul Highlights Contd Chora (Kariye)
Museum It is also known as the mosaic museum and
is located within the city walls of Edirne Kapi.
The mosaics and frescoes were designed and
executed between 1315 and 1321. Chora Museum is
originally formed the center of a Byzantine
monestry complex. Only the church section, which
was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Savior, has
survived. After the arrival of Ottomons in
Istanbul, this building was converted to a
mosque. In 1948, it was converted into a museum
leaving no Islamic element in the
building. Suleymaniye Mosque A spectacular
architectural artwork of the Great Architect
Sinan and a best example of Ottoman architecture.
Standing in the courtyard of the mosque gives one
the chills and make one appreciate this
breathtaking artwork.. Grand Bazaar Time for
shopping through 4400 shops in the famous Grand
Bazaar, the oldest covered shopping area in the
world! One will explore the mysterious
atmosphere and numberless side streets with gold
and diamond shops, leather and textile shops as
well as beautiful handcrafts of Turkey. Spice
Market Opportunity to shop and smell the finest
herbs and Turkish delicates! Spice Market is one
of Istanbuls most exciting and colorful bazaars
with its cosy atmosphere offering the mystery of
Oriental cuisine through extraordinary spices
and herbs in thousands of sacks.
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Istanbul Highlights Contd Sultan Kayiks Sail
and relax with joy like the Sultans did! During
the Ottoman Empire, the Sultans favorite
personal pleasure was to sail on the Bosphorus
with a special wooden boat called Kayik. These
boats had a gondola-like design, made from
special kind of wood, interiors covered in velvet
with silk cushions, rowed by trained oarsmen.
Now, these kayiks are back are used for special
tours. Guests can have drinks and music on board.
Capacity is 30 pax per boat. Dolmabahce Palace-
This impressive building represent contemporary
and unique architecture in Ottoman Empire. The
palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecit as the
outcome of his Westernization influences between
the years 1844 and 1853. It houses one of the
finest materials used in Ottoman Empire such as
very expensive chandeliers, crystals, glasses and
furniture. It served as the residence of late
Ottoman Emperors and Ataturk, the founder of
Turkey. The tour of this palace is certainly
worthwhile. Princess Islands Tours - Consisting
of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara, the
Princes' Islands are just a short ferry ride from
Istanbul, yet has a very different feel than
the city. These peaceful and relaxed islands are
great to have fish, walk around, ride with horse
carriages and see the colorful historical places
such as churhes and old mansions and enjoy the
beautiful view of the Marmara Sea and Istanbul
from a distance.
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GOLFING IN ISTANBUL
Klassis Golf Country Club Klassis Golf
Country Club is one of the leading clubs of
Europe at international standards. At the first
international-standard course of Turkey, where
international tournaments are held, which is
built on an impressive area of 1,500,000 m2 at
the Klassis Golf Country Club, in the midst of
nature, you can enjoy playing golf, which is one
of the most prestigious sports of the world. In
addition to golf courses, Klassis Golf Country
Club offers an ideal atmosphere with its indoor
and outdoor arenas and for long trail riding in
the forest, for horseback riding.
Kemer Country Golf Club KGCC Golf Club is
without question Istanbul's most impressive golf
club. The course is 6,300 meters long, with 18
holes on a 73 par. Set amongst the rolling hills
of the Belgrad Forest, the Club offers a
championship golf course of rare beauty and
challenge, a stunning wind through the hilly
forests of Kemer, featuring lush green fairways
and artfully contoured bunkers designed by
internationally renown courses designer Joan
Dudok Van Heel and set among lakes and streams.
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