Istanbul is unique in sitting astride two continents. As Constantinople it became the ‘New Rome’: seat of the Roman Empire for 1,100 years and bastion of Christianity in the east. In 1453 the city of Constantine became ‘Istanbul’ after it fell to the Ottoman Turks. Sultans replaced Roman emperors and churches became mosques.
This explains why Istanbul is overwhelmingly rich in art and architecture. The Hagia Sophia is one of the great architectural achievements of mankind, and the great Ottoman mosques are among the finest Islamic buildings in the world. The city abounds in great museums, which house everything from the archaeological wonders of ancient Turkey, to the finest Chinese and Iznik porcelain, jewels and decorative arts. Istanbul has an exciting contemporary art scene and is filled with buzzing markets, superb restaurants and world class hotels.
We organise bespoke trips to the city and can arrange private visits to some of Istanbul’s most popular sites. We take clients to private yalis on the shores of the Bosphorus.