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World's Best Cities 2012

World's Best Cities: Istanbul

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No. 3 Istanbul

Spanning Europe and Asia, Istanbul jumped two spots this year, and we expect it will only gain momentum. The ancient city is home to a batch of new luxury resorts (Four Seasons Sultanahmet, the Edition, Soho House in 2014), the site of 15 films and counting, and recently the staging ground for the first Istanbul Design Biennial.

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