More insider guides for planning a trip to Istanbul
Much like a football match, a visitor’s Istanbul is very much a city of two halves. Most come primarily for the 'first half', or the old city, which is wonderfully located on a hilly peninsula pointing across the Bosphorus to Asia. It’s studded with more compelling sights than any city has a right to – not least the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace. Yet the 'second half', or the vibrant entertainment quarter centred on Beyoğlu, Galata and Karaköy, with its modern art galleries, chic restaurants, bars, clubs and shops galore is just as alluring in its own inimitable way.
Travel back in time to ancient Byzantium
The attractive late-19th century Archaeology Museum is one...
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