Istanbul has a timeless charm that owes much to its rich history. Besides Istanbul’s historical sites, you can find modern skyscrapers and malls. … There are cool spots in and around the city to escape to, some of which offer breathtaking views over the city and the Bosporus Strait. Despite everything, despite us Turks trying to destroy this city, Istanbul is still the world’s most beautiful city. The city resists with the strength it takes from these 8,500 years. A literal treat for the senses, Istanbul’s colorful and chaotic Spice Bazaar is a fun and fragrant place to explore. One of the most famous and popular covered shopping complexes in the city, its spice-laden stalls and shops lie in the Fatih district, within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.