Istanbul's tourist arsenal: the cycle of tourism in the city of the two continents
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has laid the foundation stone for the Istanbul Arsenal project overlooking the Golden Horn Bay, including various tourist, cultural and commercial facilities.
'Istanbul Arsenal' Will Change the Map of the City's Museums
Speaking at the foundation stone ceremony, Erdogan said the project would elevate Istanbul to a very special position, with an area of 238,000 square meters.
Erdogan said the Istanbul Arsenal project includes 70 yacht ports, three 5-star hotels with a total capacity of 1,200 beds, and three important museums.
"The Sadberk Hanim Museum, currently in Sariyer, will be transferred to the new project, as well as the women's museum, which will be the first of its kind in the country, as well as the Turkish Islamic Antiquities Museum," he said.
A cultural centre, exhibition, theatre hall, cinema, leisure facilities and a 5,700-car garage will also be built.
30 Million Visitors in Istanbul Arsenal
President Erdogan said the Istanbul Arsenal project would include offices, shops and restaurants, a mosque with a capacity of 1,000 worshippers, and a scientific centre, the largest of its kind in Europe.
The project is expected to attract about 30 million domestic and foreign visitors per year and boost tourism revenues, he said.
The Gulf, or the 'Golden Horn', is a sea extension of the Bosphorus, dividing the European part of Istanbul into two parts.
Edited by Safaraq Tourism
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