It is not the political capital of Turkey but with the population (approximately 18 million people) living there, it is definitely the commercial; social and art capital of Turkey. It is the only city in the world located on two continents. That gives you the chance to have two continents included in your Istanbul cultural tours. You can easily get Istanbulday tour that starts on the European side with the historical part of Istanbul and finishes with a relaxing Bosphorus tour between the two continents.
Istanbul has over 2000 years of history and is the former capital of three successive empires, the Roman; Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. Istanbul cultural tours are like travelling back in time. In your visit Istanbul you can see the remnants from the Ottoman, Byzantium and Roman Empires. The past is well preserved, whilst there is a modern streak apparent.
If you are little bit interested in History or Mitology or Art history; Istanbul is the place for you to visit and Ensar is your guide for Istanbul cultural tours. Although the majority of the cultural things are on the European side of Istanbul; there are also some significant places such as Beylerbeyi Palace; Kuleli and Kuzguncuk on the Asian side. Istanbul daily city tours can take you to these places.
The small waterway, the Bosphorous, runs through the city and creates a harmonic setting for the historic landmarks; including the ones below: