Istanbul Facts & Figures


15.8 million.

The only city established over two continents

Istanbul is established in both Asia and Europe!.

One of the oldest cities in the world

According to historians, the first human settlements were built in B.C. 3.000.

Istanbul is the biggest city but not the capital

After the Turkish Independence War in 1920, the capital city was chosen as Ankara.

The city of Mosques

According to the statistics of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Turkey, there are 3,269 mosques in Istanbul.

Good To Know


Yenmi Turk Lira (TRY).


You can pay by card at many establishments. However, it is great to carry some cash for taxis, tips and public bathrooms.

Drinking water

Tap water is not used for drinking purposes in Turkey. Please drink bottled water.

Plugs & sockets

Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European - style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.


Turkey as a country consumes the most tea annually in the world! You will find cafes literally on every street corner.