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Symposium Date: 22-24 May 2019

İSTANBUL

LIFE IN ISTANBUL

Istanbul is a city of unparalleled social and cultural richness. It is as fascinating and historical as it is dynamic and modern. Serving as the capital of two mighty empires incessantly for sixteen centuries, Eastern Roman or Byzantine and Ottoman, and set squarely between two continents, Istanbul has cultures and traditions that blend East with West and Mediterranean with Anatolian. Each civilization that has made Istanbul its home has left its mark in sublime and splendid ways, and the result a city that gives one the feeling of universal history at every step.

With a definitely multicultural touch and a vibrant atmosphere rooted deep in the past experience of humanity while facing toward the future, Istanbul is truly as much a crossroads of ideas and cultures today as ever. For how many cities in the world is home to ages old churches, mosques, and synagogues in such a close proximity, showing us the possibility of a community formed of different cultures living in a state of peace and tolerance that stems from a shared human past and belief in the future?

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

In its south stretches the Marmara Sea and in its north is the Black Sea. Its western part is in Europe and eastern in Asia. The strategic and aesthetic strait that separates the two coasts of Istanbul together with the two continents is the Bosporus which is the first gate from the Black Sea to the Aegean and then onto Mediterranean. Being a port city and having many major trade paths pass through itself is what has given ultimate significance to the city for thousands of years.

Some of the Museums

Some of the Palaces

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Ciragan Palace
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Yıldız Palace

and many more historical places and natural beauties to discover ..

Climate: Although Turkey is situated in a geographical location where climatic conditions are quite temperate, the diverse nature of the landscape results in significant differences in climatic conditions from one region to the other. While the coastal regions enjoy milder climates, the inland Anatolia plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters with limited rainfall.
Istanbul has different climate conditions from many areas of inhabitance due to its geographical location and physical geography. Summer is one of the pleasant seasons in Istanbul with a warm climate approximately 25 - 30 Celsius degrees and sun shining during the day.

Fine & Dine: The Turkish cuisine, which is one of the richest in the world, appeals to the eye as well as to the taste. Turkish food that is found today in Istanbul is truly a living synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures and enjoys a very traditional background, enriched both by the sophisticated cuisine of the imperial palaces and the everyday eating practices of the common people. In addition to the many restaurants that serve traditional and international menus to satisfy the varied tastes of their guests, many night clubs, cafes and bars offer fine menus along with a wide range of entertainment choices.

Transportation: provided by highways, airline and maritime line. Istanbul airport is open to international air traffic.

Symposium language is English