Istanbul has a 'glorious heritage'
26 January 2009 07:36
The Turkish city of Istanbul is a cultural beacon that draws in tourists from all over the globe because of its "glorious heritage", it has been claimed.
Istanbul2010 explained that the world's third-most populous city has been the heart of three empires in its rich and venerable history.
The organisation, which is in charge of maintaining and promoting Istanbul's seat as the European Culture Capital in 2010, also cast a light on the many other cultural attractions that the city has to offer international visitors.
Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz, director of events at Istanbul2010, noted: "Apart from this important treasure of heritage, today Istanbul is a centre for design for modern art, appropriate industries of media and literature.
"It is also a meeting point between eastern and western cultures," she added.
Last month, Turkey's ministry of culture and tourism revealed that 21.5 million tourists visited the country between January and September of this year, up 13.3 per cent compared to last year.