Travel website TripAdvisor has named Istanbul as its top travel destination, citing its architecture as a major factor.
The list, which is based on users’ reviews and ratings over 12 months, features Rome and London at the second and third position.
Dubai is a newcomer to the list at number 17.
London has surpassed 2013’s top two destinations Paris and New York , which dropped to 7th and 12th places respectively, while Beijing secured the fourth position followed Prague and Marrakech in Morocco.
TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said that the awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by travellers themselves and Istanbul’s “combination of wonderful culture, amazingly beautiful architecture and great shopping have appealed to people”.