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Capital of History! Explore Istanbul city with all historical highlights.

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History of Istanbul

"There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see."

Lamartine’s famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.

Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features.

It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic. Once capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions.

Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here. Its variety is one of Istanbul’s greatest attractions: The ancient mosques, palaces, museums and bazaars reflect its diverse history.

The thriving shopping area of Taksim buzzes with life and entertainment. And the serene beauty of the Bosphorus, Princes Islands and parks bring a touch of peace to the otherwise chaotic metropolis. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, forming the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart.

With a population of 13,5 million, the city is at the center of the second-largest urban area in Europe and among the world's largest cities by population within city limits.



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