Istanbul is a bustling city with mosques, palaces, markets, monuments, parks, and lots of people. It is a city of differences – the old and the new, the religious and the secular, the cobblestoned streets and the wide posh avenues, the outdoor restaurants with seating literally on the street and elegant indoor eateries. A most fascinating and welcoming city.

Scroll down to see the many faces of the seaside with fishermen, cats, vistas, and more.

Some ceilings are incredibly ornate.

The bridges and waterways are also very picturesque.

The ferries cross the water all hours of the day.