The old line about Turkey is that it’s where East meets West, and although that seems like a slogan for a tourism campaign or maybe something on a license plate, it is actually true, and not just geographically. Istanbul is a major city by any standard, and it’s filled with amazing historical sites left from the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Most of these are located in the Sultanahment, or Old City. But Istanbul is anything but a historical relic, it’s a fully modern city that is still producing culture, and in spite of its location in a predominantly Muslim country, a great place to party.
I’ve long thought Istanbul would be a great place to visit, precisely because of the whole East meets West thing. I’m a fan of some really out-there Turkish music, which mixes traditional Turkish music with prog-rock, of all things. Some interesting examples of it can be found here, here, and here, for those interested.