"Half Europe half Asia" Istanbul by draguza
Istanbul Travel Guide: 8,056 reviews and 20,956 photos
Located at the point, where the Golden Horn flows into the Bosporus, riding on two continents, Asia and Europe, Istanbul is considered one of the most famous and fascinating cities in the world - a great metropolis during the entire course of its ancient history
History of Istanbul began with the Greek settlement "Byzantium", founded in 657 BC. After its destruction, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great erected a new city on the walls of Byzantium, with the intention to create a "Roma Nova" (New Rome). In 330 AD he declared the city the capital of his empire and rechristened it "Constantinople". In 1453 the Osmane sultan Mehmed II conquered the city, gave it the name "Istanbul" and made the legendary metropolis the centre of his empire.
Istanbul was the centre and mirror of two world empires and two world religions for 16 centuries and has kept the most significant testimonies from each era.
ne of my favorite walking tours in Istanbul was from the Grand Bazaar downhill along Uzunçarsi Caddesi (Longmarket... more travel advice
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