Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Europe 2015

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3. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is the city in Turkey that straddles Asia and Europe.



The city has rich history which is influenced by the emperors which have rules the place. It is the economic and financial hub of Turkey. It is the most populous city of the country.

There are many attractive tourist places near the old district, Sultanahmet of Istanbul. Few of the most famous and historically important places in the city are Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet Mosque (which is also known as Blue Mosque) are situated near Sultanahmet Square.

One of the most famous churches is Church of St Savior in Chora. The interior of the church is covered by mosaics and frescoes. Istanbul Modern has exhibitions of contemporary Turkish art.

New Istanbul which is the main business district of the city is located in the North of Taksim Square. Military Museum has Ottoman music concerts every day. Most of the skyscraper buildings are located in this district.

In the south if Istanbul, Princes' Islands are there. These islands are featured with pine groves and wooden mansions.

Number of International Overnight Visitors: 11.6 Million