Istanbul is located in Turkey. It is basically a transcontinental city. It is also known as the’ European Capital of Culture’. The meaning of the word Istanbul is “to the city”, meaning it to be the only major city amongst the close by cities. There are many shopping centers here as well. The famous ones are The Grand Bazaar, The Mahmutpasha Bazaar and The EgyptianBazaar. This city is also known for the mouthwatering Turkish cuisine and the seafood restaurants. The local transport system of this city consists of trams, metros, buses and ferries. There are two international airports in here. This city has many tourist attractions. One of the must visit attraction of the city is the Basilica Cistern. This cistern which was once a storehouse of water is now adorned with music and light. The highlight of this place is the upside down head of Medusa. For those of you want to get an overview of the city, the ideal place is the Galata Tower. The must visit mosques include the Suleymaniye Mosque and Blue Mosque. This city is also known for the church converted to mosques and then to museums, one such museum is the Aya Sofya. Then there is the Topkapi Palace the abode of the sultans and their wives known for its architectural endeavor.