6th  International Conference of Contemporary Affairs on Architecture and Urbanism will be held in Istanbul on 14-15 June 2023. 

 Venue: Family Resort Hotel

Reservation: +90 212 731 3708

Note: Make sure to mention ICCAUA2023 by the time that you are booking the hotel.

Note: The conference will be held in a hybrid mode. Thus, participants can either attend the sessions and present their papers face-to-face at the conference venue (Venue: Family Resort Hotel, Istanbul) or choose to do the same through online platforms which we will provide for our online presenters during the conference days.


Welcome to Istanbul, the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a city; the mysticism of the East and the modernity of the West, the constant time travel between the past and the future, the balance of the traditional and the contemporary. Istanbul is one of the most visited and important places in the world, a central hub connecting Asia and Europe, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world.

Visa Requirement

The website now serves as a platform for tourists to apply for Turkish e-visa.

Tourist Visa Information

Enter Type Single enter only
Validity 180 days (starting from the date of issue)
Length of Stay No more than 30 days
Processing Time 1 working day
Requirement You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements. You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates.


Here are some useful links for public transportation in Istanbul.

Click here for the Istanbul Metro network map.

Click here for the transportation fares and card.

Click here for general information on public transportation in Istanbul


The participants may choose a Hotel of their own choice and budget from popular booking sites, such as:

Places to Visit in Istanbul

Basilica Cistern: Built by Justinian I in the 6th century, this cistern, the largest in Istanbul was built to supply water to old Constantinople. The sunken palace as it is also known is held up by 336 marble columns. The cistern was later put to use to provide water to Topkapi Palace and its surrounding gardens.

Blue Mosque: Known in Turkey as Sultanahmet Cami, the Blue Mosque is named so due to its stunning array of blue tiles that decorate its interior. The Blue Mosque is certainly the most famous mosque throughout the world and was built to rival the Hagia Sofia between 1609-1616.

Bosphorus: The famous straight that forms the boundary between Asia and Europe and links the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, makes it one of the most important straights in the world. The Bosphorus is the narrowest straight that is navigated for trade routes and it is approximately 31km long. As Istanbul is situated on both sides of the straight it makes the city one of the most sought-after cities by Empires have gone by.

Chora Church: Is one of the world’s most impressive Byzantine structures. The name Chora refers to the church's location outside of the old city walls. The church was in operation until after the invasion of the Ottoman Empire and was converted to a mosque in 1453. In the year 1958, the building was made into a museum (Kariye Müzesi) and the magnificent mosaics and frescoes were once again uncovered and are on display to the public.

Grand Bazaar: First opened in 1461, Grand Bazaar or Kapaliçarsi as it is known in Turkish is one of the world’s largest souks. The covered market has 61 streets accessed via 4 main gates, over 3000 stores, 5 mosques and 6 fountains. After being destroyed and repaired numerous times the Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul's most popular tourist attractions. Here you can find the streets filled with souvenirs, Turkish carpets, ceramics, leathers, and gold to name a few.

Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofya): Thought to have changed the history of architecture due to its dome roof, the Hagia Sofia was built in 537 and was the world’s largest cathedral for almost a thousand years. The cathedral was turned into a mosque under orders from the Ottoman Empire but was turned into a museum in 1935. The museum houses amazing mosaics, impressive marble pillars, and a famous domed roof.

Hippodrome: Famous from the time of Constantinople under Roman rule the Hippodrome actually dates back AD 203 during the Byzantine Era. The area was a large circus in the old city and was the center for many sporting events such as chariot racing. What remains of the Hippodrome are three large columns, The Serpent Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and The Walled Obelisk.

Topkapi Palace: The royal palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire for 400 of their 624-year reign, Topkapi Palace is one to be admired. The Palace was not only the residence of the Sultan and his family but was an important center for the empire. Made up of four courtyards the Palace was also the headquarters for the government housing the mint, treasury, and archives. Topkapi Palace was also the best educational institution during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.


There are 2 airports in Istanbul, Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

1. Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport (IST) at YeSilyurt, 23 km (14 miles) west of Sultanahmet Square, is the busiest of Turkey's major airports. You can travel by economical private transfer, Metro and tram, airport bus, city bus, taxi, or shuttle van.


2. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) located 35 km southeast of central Istanbul.


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