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Istanbul, Turkey
Places to Visit


OVERVIEW
- Istanbul is the economic and cultural heart of Turkey. It is captivating, sophisticated and stately; easily as refined as any great European city.  It is a fascinating travel destination. 

Istanbul is a large, very modern, metropolitan center. The people are warm and welcoming, the city is open and hospitable and Turkish culture is vibrant, progressive and very engaging.  The city has s a strong identity; the architecture is stunning; and the lifestyle energetic but relaxed.

Turkey balances ancient history with modern reality;Asian traditions with European cultures and Islamic values with Democratic ideals – which is what makes Istanbul such a great city.

POPULATION
- 13,000,000
Land Area: 38 square miles

CURRENCY
- The New Turkish Lira comes in notes of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100.

The New Kurus (YKr) comes in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and
one New Turkish Lira. One hundred New Kurus equals one
New Turkish Lira.

Major currencies can be changed at exchange offices and many post offices, shops and hotels. Travellers cheques are rarely accepted. Cashing travellers cheques in post offices in tourist areas is your best bet and the exchange rate is usually slightly lower.

ELECTRICITY
- 220 volts, 50 Hz; standard two-pin plug

WEATHER

Average annual rainfall: 668mm (26.3in)
July and August: 30°C (86°F) to 20°C (68°F).
December and January: 9°C (48°F) to 2°C (36°F)
April, May, September and October: 16°C to 25°C (61°F to 77°F) – 9°C to 18°C (48°F to 64°F).