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World’s Top Cities for Culture and the Arts 2015
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  • 2015 World's Best

World’s Top Cities for Culture and the Arts 2015

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Laurie Noble

Iconic monuments, famed museums, and cobbled streets that date back to 4,000 B.C. make these cities ideal destinations for culture vultures.

No. 15 Istanbul, Turkey

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Score: 92.454

Travel back in time in Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents. The birthplace of the Byzantine church is celebrated for its well-preserved ancient relics, like the Hagia Sophia, Christian mosaics and frescoes, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapı Palace. Bustling markets are as rich with Turkish culture as the tireless nightclubs. If time allows, take a cruise down the Bosporus for an unparalleled view of Istanbul’s medieval ruins  and sparkling palaces. Old Istanbul still resonates with the footsteps of marauding Crusaders. After touring the highlights, sybaritic restaurants and nightclubs rival London and New York’s mainstays. 

World’s Top Cities for Culture and the Arts 2015

No. 15 Istanbul, Turkey

Score: 92.454

Travel back in time in Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents. The birthplace of the Byzantine church is celebrated for its well-preserved ancient relics, like the Hagia Sophia, Christian mosaics and frescoes, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapı Palace. Bustling markets are as rich with Turkish culture as the tireless nightclubs. If time allows, take a cruise down the Bosporus for an unparalleled view of Istanbul’s medieval ruins  and sparkling palaces. Old Istanbul still resonates with the footsteps of marauding Crusaders. After touring the highlights, sybaritic restaurants and nightclubs rival London and New York’s mainstays. 

Laurie Noble
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