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Istanbul and Bosporus
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Istanbul is one of the most diverse cities in the world. The former Constantinople and Byzantium was built on seven hills and two continents, separated by the Bosphorus. If there is a smooth transition from Europe to Asia Minor, between Christian and Islamic cultures, then it's here. The EU also acknowledged this by naming Istanbul the Capital of Culture 2010.
A juxtaposition of Byzantine and Ottoman roots dominates the cityscape: Occidental highlights include the Hagia Sophia and the Church of... more


Grand Bazaar (Kapaliçarsi)

City: Istanbul (Beyoğlu)
Category: Sightseeing

Nearly 90 covered alleys and more than 3,500 shops and stores on an area of over 77 acrees (31 ha) make... more

Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)

City: Istanbul (Fatih)
Category: Sightseeing

Istanbul's most famous mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century within just seven... more

Museum of Calligraphy (Türk Vakıf Hat Sanatları Müzesi)

City: Istanbul
Category: Sightseeing

The Turkish Museum of Calligraphy is housed in Beyazit Medresesi, a former Koranic school, whose domed... more

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