"The only city in the world build in 2 continents" Top 5 Page for this destination Istanbul by traveloturc

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On the left of the picture you can see Europe ,Asia is on the right.
I use to travel from Asia to Europe everyday twice .

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Bob Dylan


As you know Istanbul has many names in the history like
Byzantium,Konstantinopolis,Asitane,Islambol etc etc. Asian Istanbul was probably inhabited by people as early as 3000 BC and than the greek Colonist coming from Megara built the city in 667 BC.The city was attack by the Romans and had severe damages in 196 AC ( this is not what they call "occupation")...Constantine the great he refounded the city as new Roma.
The name of the city change to Konstantinopolis.The city becomes the capital of East Rome Empire and it was accepted as a center of Greek orthodox Christianity.But this fact doesnt prevent the city to be captured and sucked by other Christians which represent the 4 th Crusade in 1204 AC ( this is not "occupation" either.) But the Nicean ( iznik ) forces take back the city in 1261 AC.Many years laters Ottoman Turks with the leadership of Sultan Mehmet "the conqueror" take the city in 1453 AC.The Sultan was only 23 years old at that time .(This is what they call "occupation") And Turks are still occupate the city even after 1923 the new founded Republic of Turkiye .

Not only a ancient city

Istanbul after the "occupation" of turks becomes one of the most important cities of the world with his new facade and way of living

please check this video in order to have an idea about istanbul :

A video about Istanbul

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  • Pros:magical city
  • Cons:too much populated
  • In a nutshell:nothing is impossible in this city
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  • paddington28's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    Hi there,Istanbul is on my list.My parents have been there 4 times and i'm yet to follow,did not realise until looking at your pictures,at how close and visible asia is! Amazing

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    Nice page about your city! I am not surprise that Istanbul was inspiration for artist and I enjoy in your music selection but some of videos are unavailable now. Photos are great! I would like to visit Istanbul!

    • traveloturc's Profile Photo
      Jul 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      dear Odiseya thanks a lot ..I am ready to check the links that doesnt work
      all the best )))

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    wonderful main pic here! we are going to be in Istanbul next month/2 weeks time! am looking forward to it!

  • syed-arshad's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Nas?ls?n(?z)? great work. I wish you luck and best wishes for your self drive world tour. may be i might join you at some place. ( i used Google find Turkish greetings for you, hope they are correct)

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Macit, very comprehensive collection of "things to do" tips. Your page brings back memories of my time in Istanbul back in December 2012. Although I had rainy weather at times, I really enjoyed my time in your home-city.

    • traveloturc's Profile Photo
      May 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Hi Holder thanks a lot for your appreciaton its good to be appreciated by a master of VT )))

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Great tips about a fascinating city. I really enjoyed following you on this walk through Istanbul. In one of your tips you say all young people should visit this city. What about ones more advanced in age?

    • traveloturc's Profile Photo
      Jan 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Dear Malgor thanks a lot for your appreciations on my ?stanbul pages..I know from myself that advance ages people already enjoy the city..I try to give advice to young ones ...all the best )))

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Interesting and helpful transportation tips here.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Very useful links on songs about Istanbul. Thank you, Macit!

    • traveloturc's Profile Photo
      Nov 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      Thank you Master Sergey ...with pleasure ...I miss also your russian songs )))

  • Sep 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. It is our first visit to Turkey...and I've already fallen in love with the culture, architecture, people, food, and history.

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    We are planning our visit to Istanbul and I am impressed by your tips and photos!

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