A beguiling mix of ancient Eastern tradition and European style and sophistication, Istanbul is crowded, chaotic and creative; a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.
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Byzantine Emperor Justinian built the Basilica Cistern, a spectacular subterranean reservoir, back in 532AD.
The Asian shore has some hidden treasures for the visitor. Take a ferry from Eminönü and explore Kadıköy, with its bustling market, packed with fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.
Opened in 1892, the Pera Palace Hotel was the last stop on the Orient Express with guests as diverse as Greta Garbo, Ernest Hemingway and Agatha Christie. It’s opulent and romantic, decorated in a mix of styles from 19th century Istanbul.
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