A magnificent time in the city
The 7th Shopping Fest at Istanbul, one of Europe’s most mesmerising cities, offers you the perfect opportunity for the ultimate ‘Istanbul’ experience and a shopping spree. The festival will be taking place from 1 to 16 July and will be offering great discounts and offers along with amusing events that will give you the chance to explore Istanbul.
Blending Istanbul’s rich history, culture, culinary arts, shopping and entertainment in one great event, the 7th Istanbul Shopping Fest will held from 1 to 16 July this year. You’ll enjoy countless exciting experiences that will conquer both your heart and mind and take on a great unforgettable adventure during your a month at Istanbul, one of the most stunning cities in the world.
A melting pot of oriental essence and Western dynamism, Istanbul is an alluring land with something to offer everyone. This time, Istanbul will be opening its gates for you to a world full of shopping, entertainment and surprises with Istanbul Shopping Fest.
Enjoy countless shopping privileges with great discounts and offers on plenty of brands during the Istanbul Shopping Fest. You’ll also get the chance to join surprise raffles giving away amazing gifts.
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This year, Istanbul Shopping Fest is spreading the festivities and love of shopping to every corner of the city from 1 to 16 July; enjoy concerts, competitions and exclusive fashion shows at central spots around the city, not only in shopping centres.
This time, Istanbul will be welcoming you to modern shopping centres with colourful lanes, offering everything you’re looking under one roof for discounted prices, and entertaining surprises! And, of course, this beautiful city will invite you to enjoy new experiences and adventures in every corner worth exploring.
Circle 1 to 16 July 2017 on your calendar if you want to experience a true festival, explore a new lifestyle and live the ultimate shopping experience and come to Istanbul to discover everything it has to offer!
Either Istanbul will conquer you or you’ll conquer Istanbul! Lamartine’s saying still goes: “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.” Why you say? Because it’s a city where people of the business world sit in a café working with their laptops and tablets under the shade of the wise, 667 year-old Galata Tower…. Because it’s a city where you’ll think of the king’s daughter Io with whom Zeus fell in love, of a scene Black Book by the Nobel Prize winner Turkish author Orhan Pamuk when someone says ‘Bosporus’…
Because it’s a ancient city prized by emperors and sultans, fit to build palaces in the past and a city with fashion weeks, biennials, music, theatre and cinema festivals in every corner today. Because it’s a city where you can take a relaxing break at a coffee house at the Grand Bazaar or a café at Beyoğlu. Either Istanbul will conquer you or you’ll conquer Istanbul. Istanbul Shopping Fest will make both come true!
Magnificent Istanbul’s magnificent history…
No one can resist Istanbul. Istanbul has always been a unique city throughout history with it’s 7 hills, it’s sea and the natural port the Golden Horn. Istanbul’s rich history does not surprise after seeing such beauty.
Istanbul’s story is beautiful even from the start: Setting journey from Megara, Greece, Byzas has desire to found a new city. He goes and consults the oracle of Delphi on choosing a site. The oracle tells him to construct his city across from the “Land of the Blind”. Byzas set off with confusion and while gazing from today’s Sarayburnu to the past’s Khalkedon (Kadıköy), he thought to himself “Why have these blind built cities in the desert while this place is so beautiful?” . Then, of course, the words of the oracle of Delphi come to his mind. He has found where he will construct Istanbul.
Istanbul was not named by the Ottomans, as it is usually thought. The name dates back to an even older source; it is a name of a person in the book Fütuh’üş-Şam of the 9th century. The Greek King Timaeus’ son Istanbul works to construct the city for four years during his reign. But the city is completed by Constantine, who takes his place. It is mentioned as Istinbolin in the 10th century book Tenbih (Mesudi). There is also a great deal of other data about Istanbul’s name; some which contradict others. Istanbul has been referred to with dozens of other names such as Byzantion, Constantinople, Konstantiniyye, Asitane, Darülhilafe and Dersaadet.
Ancient ages and the Byzantine Period
Istanbul’s history dates back around three hundred thousand years. It is thought that people used to live around the Küçükçekmece Lake during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras. Tools dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic Era were excavated in Dudullu, while some dating back to the Middle Palaeolithic Era and the Upper Palaeolithic Era were discovered around Ağaçlı. Ruins dating back to the Neolithic Period (6500 BC) were discovered during the excavations of the Marmaray immersed tube tunnel, some dating back to the Bronze Age (5500-3500 BC) were discovered in Fikirtepe while some ruins were discovered in Kadıköy dating back to the Phoenicians.
As in the legend we told above, Byzantion is founded in 667 BC during King Byzas’s reign. The city was named after the son Septimius Severus, Augusta Antonina, for a short time during the reign of the Roman Empire in the city. The city is declared the capital city of the Roman Empire during the reign of Constantine I. It is called Nova Roma for a while afterwards but is changed to Constantinople after the death of Constantine I in 337.
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