The Art and Cultural Quintessence of İstanbul
İstanbul today is a renaissance of art, music and culture, known for its rich historical heritage. It has woven a tapestry of creativity that is the envy of cultural cities around the world, with revitalised and redeveloped neighbourhoods and waterfronts welcoming a new wave of museums, design-conscious architecture, restaurants, bars, cafés and definitive cultural centres.
The ability to combine tradition and modernity is one of İstanbul’s greatest talents. The old city reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here; the skyline, built up over many centuries, tells the story of politics, religion and art amaze visitors, while the fashionable neighbourhoods offer everything you’d expect from a cosmopolitan metropolis.
From the cultural roots of Sultanahmet, the musical revival of Şişli’s Bomonti, to Kadıköy large-scale murals have transformed the district into a colourful outdoor street art gallery.
Neighbourhoods like Galata, Karaköy, Beyoğlu and Kadıköy - are among the most walkable in the vast city, so take time to familiarise yourself with them and make personal discoveries. Spend a day soaking up the city’s historical treasures and drift away for the rest of your stay.
Admire relics older than time itself, marvel at sights from bygone eras, but do not miss the city’s contemporary cultural heart either; experience the new İstanbul cool and the embrace of third-wave art and culture along the waterfront and across the city.
İstanbul is a city full of surprises - from historical sites to emerging designers and artists - set your own pace and let the city envelop you.