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Four Seasons Hotel, Bosphorus

Straddling the 32-kilometre (20-mile) Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul (formerly known as Byzantium, and then as Constantinople) is frequently described as the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Fought over time and again, the city became the centre of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Its historic heart – Sultanahmet and the bazaar quarter, with its great mosques, opulent palaces and Byzantine ruins – offers a fascinating glimpse into those tumultuous times.

Encompassing three land masses – two on the European side of the Bosphorus, divided by the Golden Horn, and the Asian shores – Istanbul is best explored neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus basks in the coastal resort ambience of the historic strait of the Bosphorus – with its vibrant jazz clubs and designer shops, and where reflections of private palaces shimmer in the wake of passing yachts.