Updated: Apr 26, 2021
Straddling the Bosphorus a narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul is a transcontinental city that bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, it was the capital of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires for over 1500 years.
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Istanbul is Turkey’s cultural hub and one of the world’s most fascinating places. Located on both sides of Bosphorus – a narrow strai