As the only city in the world that lies on two continents, Asia and Europe, İstanbul has hosted 3 big empires (Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman) in its at least two-millennia old history. Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey. The currency code for Lira is TRY, and the currency symbol is ₺. The climate in Istanbul is generally similar to the Marmara region; summer months are warm and humid with very little rain, especially between July-August, while winter months can be cold and wet with some snow, but not as extreme as some other areas of Turkey. Spring and autumn are mild and are the best time for visitors.
In Turkey, Turkish language is the native language. Turkey has a rich cuisine and provide the most delicious tastes to its visitors. Istanbul is the icon of Turkey and has high effect on Turkish and world economy. Constantly on the move and thrillingly hip, İstanbul is one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the world and was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2010. The economic and financial heart of Turkey and the biggest producer and importer of art, culture and entertainment, İstanbul amazingly keeps expanding and now has over 15 million inhabitants.