Istanbul is Turkey's largest city and has a long history dating back to the Greeks when it was called Byzantium. It eventually was called Constantinople, under the rule of Constantine of the East Roman empire. It was finally named Istanbul under the Ottomans. It straddles the Bosphorus river linking Europe with Asia and was on the Silk-road trading route. Capital of both the Eastern Roman empire and Ottoman empire the city boasts a wealth of architecture from its long history.
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|The Blue Mosque|
|as seen from the courtyard of the Hagia Sophia|
|The Topaki Palace|
|The main gates||hollow trees in the courtyard|
|view of the Bosphorus|
|model of the palace complex|
|The Grand Bazaar|
|Serious wiring problems|
|Fortress of Europe|
|built by Mehmet the Conqueror for the conquest of Constantanople||Fortress of Asia|
|Leanders tower||Beylerbeyi Palace|
|The Turkish flag is everywhere||View from the waterfront at Ortakoy||View of the Bosphorus from the Conroy Hotel|
|Mosque of Dolmahce||Modern symbol of Istanbul|