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    Walking time 

    Istanbul has 30,833 km of streets and paths. If you wanted to walk them all, assuming you walked four kilometers an hour, eight hours a day, it would take you 964 days. And, when you need to get home there are 860 bus and tram stops, and subway and railway stations in Istanbul.


    Assuming that every kilometer of street in Istanbul has an average of 33 street lamps with 50W of power, then Istanbul has more than 1,017,473 street lamps, which use 50.9 megawatts of electricity per hour. Over a number of years, that adds up to the amount of energy produced by a volcanic eruption.

    Local recreation 

    With a total area of 13.7 square kilometers, public green spaces and parks make up 0.1% of Istanbul’s total area, 11,518 square kilometers. That means each of Istanbul’s 13,483,052 residents has an average of 1 square meters – less than most large Zoo animals!


    When people in Istanbul want to go out, they are spoilt for choice; the city has more than 1,335 cafés, restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlors, beer gardens, cinemas, nightclubs and theatres. If they were all lined up along a single street, it would need to be at least 8 km long.


    More than 192 sights and monuments, and far more than 1,112 retailers, mean there is plenty of sightseeing to do in Istanbul. Feeling tired? After a hard day visiting all the cultural attractions in the city, shopping or a night at the theatre, Istanbul offers more than 406 hotels, youth hostels and camp sites.
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