CONTEMPORARY COOL ISTANBUL
There are few cities in the world as breathtaking and fascinating as Istanbul. With an exalted and ancient past, today’s Istanbul is rich in culture and history with people of all religions and ethnicities living side by side. The city’s sights, sounds, religions and races are woven together in a location fabled as a crossroads for the past and present. There are historical sites set against a backdrop of modern architecture, pious women covered from head to toe alongside girls dressed up for a night on the town, magnificent yachts sailing the Bosphorus with simple fishing boats bobbing in the same waters and just before evening prayer men can be seen doing their ablutions in mosque courtyards as laughing youngsters pass by chatting.
Istanbul is a dynamic blend of urban grit and glitter – like all great cities. Since the start of the 21st century it has not just been a thriving hub of business and commerce, but has also gained recognition as a design capital. The opening of the Istanbul Modern art gallery in 2004 has sparked a renaissance in art and creativity that has continued unabated, gaining more and more recognition recent years.