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Where is Istanbul? What is unique about this?

Asked by Good Citizen, 12 Aug '08 04:59 pm
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This unique city, at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, located on both sides of the Bosphorus (Istanbul Straits) is described as a jewel by the famous French author Lamartine. Istanbul is a city of synthesis which realizes in an atmosphere of tolerance the uniting of the East and the West on the subjects of culture, art and religion, at the borders of two separate continents. The Bosphorus, which stretches out between the emerald-like slopes, the woods and the bays adorned with one thousand and one beauties, is unique. Halic Bay (Golden Horn), a horn-shaped bay located on the European side of Istanbul, is one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world.
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 12 Aug '08 05:01 pm

 
  
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Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other names of Istanbul) is Europe's second most populous city (the world's 3rd largest city proper) and Turkey's cultural and financial center. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province.[2] It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (3951204 and 12611453), the Latin Empire (12041261), and the Ottoman Empire (14531922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

The city has also been nicknamed "The City on Se ...more
Answered by pratima sharma, 12 Aug '08 05:03 pm

 
  
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The capital of Turkey used to be Istanbul but was moved to Ankara in 1923 when the country became a Republic.

First, Istanbul was called Byzantium, then Constantinople. It is divided by the Bosphorus: one side is Europe, the other Asia, "where east meets west". From 1453 it was the seat of the Ottoman Empire.

The Topkapi Palace was the home of the Emperors, and is now a museum where you can see the harem and some beautiful tiles and treasures. (There was a comedy "heist" film called "Topkapi" with Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov.) If you can get hold of it, Noel Barber's book "Lords of the Golden Horn" is a very readable, colourful and fascinating account of the Emperors, their lives, concubines, wives, cruelty...

Istanbul also has some superb architecture, from the ancient Hagia Sophia Mosque to Suleiman the Magnificent's and the Blue Mosque.

There's a lot more to see, like ancient history, the souk, etc; it is a city of ...more
Answered by vivek singh, 12 Aug '08 05:03 pm

 
  
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Answered by NUPUR, 12 Aug '08 05:01 pm

 
  
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Istanbul is in tukey. it is port
Answered by PRATIK KAMAT, 12 Aug '08 05:36 pm

 
  
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