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About Istanbul in Turkey

Filed in Turkey by on April 5, 2012 0 Comments

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul is at the furthest northwest part of Turkey, the European side of the country.

It has around 15 million inhabitants and is a monumental city, very big.

I had the privilege of living here in Istanbul for 4 months back in 2011. Great experience of living in such an exotic city.

The Bosphorus is an integral part of life for the habitants of Istanbul, and a lot of day-to-day passes in this river, from one side to the other, from Europe to Asis bby ferry-boat.

Istanbul is a clash between modern and traditional, of ancient and contemporary, between Europe and the Middle East. A mix of Western European chic to kitsch Oriental.

Boats in Istanbul

Boats in Istanbul

In the second century BC, the Roman Empire conquered the Byzantine city-state’s, called Constantinople in the year 330 AD by Emperor Constantine when moving the capital of the empire here. The city walls prevented the entry of the barbarians for centuries, even when the Roman Empire was collapsing in the West. When the city fell for the first time was in 1204, it was stolen by looters in the 4th Christian Crusade.

Istanbul won its glory back in the year 1453 when it was captured again by Mehmet the Conqueror, who made the capital of the Ottoman Empire. During the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent from 1520 to 1566, the city gained immense monuments that have survived and gave charm to the city even during its years ahead of decay of the empire.

Istanbul

Istanbul view

Occupied by allied forces after the 1st World War, the city was remembered as a place of decadence of ancient empires ruled by defeated sultans. In 1923 upon the establishment of Turkish State, the capital moved to Ankara, as this was a geo-strategic location more conducive to the unification of the country.

Best Monuments in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul has a huge number of monuments, palaces, museus and other great sites to visit during several days.

Best Sightseeing places in Istanbul are:

the Old Istanbul, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Archaeological Museum of Istanbul.

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