The only city located on two continents

Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents - Europe and Asia.  During its more almost 2,000-year history, it has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Many archeologists and biblical scholars believe Noah’s Ark landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in eastern Turkey.

The rise of Christianity - St. John, St. Paul and St. Peter lived and prayed in southern Anatolia. Tradition has it that St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the Crucifixion, where she spent her last days in a small stone house called Meryemana Evi on what is now Bülbüldagi (MountKoressos).  It remains a popular pilgrimage site for Christians to this day.