"Sharrie's Istanbul Bayram" Istanbul by Sharrie

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What it was Then:
* Capital of Turkey until 1922.
* Byzantium (Greek city state): 657 BC - 330 AD.
* Constantinople (Capital of Eastern Roman/Byzantine Empire): 330 - 1453.
* Istanbul (Capital of Ottoman Turkish Empire): 1453 - 1922.

What it is Now:
Chic, hype & ultra-modern - a city which tantalizes your senses ... exotic spices, hypnotic belle-dancing & spectacular mosques!
A Muslim city by religion yet with a touch of European sensibility. I should know, afterall, I live in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world! This is one city unlike any Muslim city in the world!!!
Unique & beautiful! Istanbul is a Turkish delight :-)))

I'll definitely be back for more!

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  • Last visit to Istanbul: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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Comments (13)

  • airasia's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Yes, some has fled during the silly credit crunch crisis. But most of it are rented cars left in the airport parking. hey, i heard istanbul is a nice place : )).

  • MITNIC's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2004 at 4:06 AM

    Excellent! the only place "olive for breakfast!". Saturday morning I'll fly there so I took a beter look at your great tips. Thanks my friend!

  • Kenward's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 10:17 AM

    What a wonderful insight into Turkey...thank you!

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2003 at 9:40 PM

    dolmahace palace also has the world largest crystal chandelier. ;-)

  • chauncenetta's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2003 at 6:03 AM

    I haven't seen Topkapi Palace yet, but when I return I'll devote a whole day to it. These are wonderful descriptive pages of Istanbul!

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 3:31 PM

    Great pics and info, I might be going soon, Thanx!

  • mardaska's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2003 at 1:27 AM

    Very informative page about the most interesting city I have ever been....

  • seagoingJLW's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2003 at 6:21 AM

    Your tips go into wonderful detail. They are as good as any guide book, if not better. The pictures are certainly far superior to any book.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2003 at 7:17 PM

    I had some magic shoes, given by a turk.friend.....sooo comfy, this is a beautiful page Sharrie

  • kyrgyz's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2003 at 9:08 PM

    Vahh Istanbul!
    The heaven of the world!
    Thanks for great pictures.


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