Istanbul is a city that needs to be felt, and not just merely lived in. With its seven hills, spreading over two continents, Istanbul is the only city that has the sea run through it and to have been a home to three great civilizations, the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans.
The city is home to thousands of years of cultural treasures and a meeting point for civilizations. The oldest residential area of the city is the bustling Eminönü district of the historical peninsula, known as “Sur İçi” (Inside the City Walls). The spices of the Far East, the wheat of Crimea, the furs of Russia, the wine of Greece, the alum of Western Anatolia, the wools of Asia Minor, the silks of Iran, and the fabrics of Armenia and the East… They all come together here.
These streets date back to Byzantine times when it comes to being the heart of the commerce and finance activity. Eminönü has always been the center of money, and
it has not only brought in the money, it has also created beauty out of its earnings. Since it is also a port town, along with the memories of the locals, it has collected the memories and the marks from the cultures of everyone who has passed through the city. People may pass by the magnificent buildings and the obscure stories hidden away in the details in their daily rush, however, Eminönü is a magical district that is full of hidden treasures for those who know where to look.