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Istanbul

Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey, is the biggest province of Turkey. Although it is not the political capital, it is the capital of the economy, business, culture and industry in the country. Istanbul city center is located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the border of Europe and Asia. Istanbul is the only city in the world that lies on two continents.

Throughout its long history, Istanbul has always been a very important and crowded city. It is among the most crowded cities of Europe also today. Istanbul was founded by the Roman emperor Konstantinos in year 330. The name of the city used to be Constantinopolis with reference to its founder. Istanbul has been the capital of the Roman empire and Byzantium.

After the takeover by Ottoman emperor Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1453, the name of the city was changed to Istanbul. The takeover of Istanbul marks the end of the middle age and the beginning of the new age. After this date, Istanbul has been the capital of Ottoman Empire until the collapse of the empire.

Some important districts on the European side of Istanbul are Taksim, Eyup, Sariyer, Emirgan, Bebek, Kabatas and Besiktas. Across the Bosphorus Beykoz, Uskudar, Kadikoy, Moda, Bostanci and the Princess Islands lie on the Asian side.

Some important historical and touristic sites of Istanbul are Galata-Pera, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Istiklal Avenue, Golden Horn, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Basilica Cistern, Beylerbeyi Palace and Leander`s Tower.


Old Istanbul Karaköy
Modern city
Istinye
KLASSIS HOTEL
Klassis Hotel
bebek
phaeton
Sokak
Gunbati
in Istanbul
Sile
Kilyos Solar Beach
Ciragan Palace
Sokakta
Wreck
Pera Palas
Byzantine aqueduct
Carpet Restaurant
Pera Palace
Kuleli Military School barracks
Istanbul Levent
Istanbul cityscape
Istanbul streets
Ottoman houses
Istanbul evening cityscape
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Istanbul Sunset
Istanbul in rain
Merdiven Sokak
Istanbul at night
the rainbow
Istanbul Street
Istanbul
bahçelievler
Laleli Mosque
Battlements
View of Istanbul
The second bridge
Divan Yolu - Sultanahmet area Before roadworks
Mimar Sinan Pasha Tomb
Fatih Sultan Muhammad
Istanbul at night
Divan Yolu Turbesi
Divan Yolu Turbesi - The Octagon
Sultan Abdul Hamid II grave and Fez
Introducing Sultan Abdul Hamid II
Ottoman inscription
Impersonation
city panorama
Istanbul Snow
inside one of the istanbul's cafe
one of the Fatih streets
istanbul cafe
Rustem Pasa Camii
A tile on the house
Fisherman
Tulip Days in Istanbul (April 2006)
Jewish Cemetary
Seaside
Kılıç Ali Paşa Camii
Hıdıv Sarayı
Kanlıca
Bebek
Büyük Çamlıca
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
İstanbul Bridge with a sail
sea view from Anadolu Kavağı
Place where time stops.
Istanblue
Çamlıca hill
Şile
Şile port
Rum school (1881) and an old mosque together
Past Glory
Minaret
Sunset istanbul
THE GERMAN FOUNTAIN
Bridge at Istanbul
Arrival at Europe side
Sun is setting on Marmara Sea
Istanbul
Istanbul Kumkapi
Istanbul Karaköy
Bulgar kilisesi in Balat
The Iconostasis of Bulgar kilisesi - Balat
Street in Balat
Byzantine church of the Chora
Inside the Chora Church
Santa Maria Draperis Church
Kanyon Mall
Kuş Sarayı (Bird Palace)
Second Bridge
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Kuleli Askeri Lisesi - Military school
Küçüksu Sarayı - Small palace
Sunset from Haidarpaşa station
Mehter
Naval Museum – Outdoor area
Naval Museum -“Uzaklar” sail boat
Istanbul Tulip Festival 2007
Phanar Greek Orthodox College - Kırmızı Mektep
The Bulgarian Iron Church
View from Çamlıca
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Sunset at Ordu Street
Valens Aquaduct
Aya Irini
Aya Irini
The old house in Balat
Book Bazaar
Four Seasons Hotel
Apartments
Welcome to Asia
Welcome to Europe
Istambul roofs
Old British Naval Hospital
Old prison
Orient Express cafe
Antique Piano in Railway Museum
Cebali Gate
Plaque at Cebali Gate
Byzantine Fortress
Karaköy
In harbour in Istanbul - ship Caddebostan
View from the centrum of Istanbul
Next to Topkapi Palace
Taken from Yakacık hill
Çamlica - Mosque for Ladies
Sogukgesme street
The Tophane Çesmesi
The German Fountain
Küçüksu Kasrı
Mosaic
Ablution
Hippodrome Ablution
Minarets in the Distance
Sultanahmet tramlines
Sultanahmet Koftecisi
Selling Corn in Sultanahmet
View of Catma Mescit roof tops
Window cleaning Turkish style!
Beyazit Square
Bosphorus 2
Bosphorus 3
ferry ride
İstanbul
Haydarpaşa Lisesi
Tulips :)
Tornado
A ship leaving Turkey
vapur
bakirkoy
Seagul from Galata Tower
Istanbul
City Center
The Second Bosphorus Bridge
Street
Valens aqueduct
Burmali Cami
Pierre Loti
Istanbul
Balloons on a track
A view from Hagia Sophia
Waiting for clients
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a coach
Istanbul airport
Cevahir Mall Train
spring
spring
One of lanes
panoramic view
greenery through the gate
Summer in Sultanahmet
Pantheon
Mosaic
Mosaic
View
View
View
View
Asia meets Europe
Dawning of 2009
Rain
Window
Patriarchate
Church
Consulate
Consulate
Consulate
Fatih
Fatih
Kumkapi
Fatih
Walls
Patriarchate
Camii
Camii
Statue
Church
Church
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Istanbul city
there is istanbul
One part of turkey istanbul
Istanbul city
View of Istanbul
on the way back home in the evening
Protecting the nature
Old wood houses
Antik büfe
Ships on the sea
Beyazit tower
Beyazit tower 2
The Million Stone
A sign above a well
Divan Yolu 1
Divan Yolu 2
Divan Yolu 3
Divan Yolu 4
Divan Yolu 5
Divan Yolu 6
Divan Yolu 7
The German Fountain 1
The German Fountain 2
The German Fountain 3
The Beyazit Mosque
The Beyazit Mosque 2
The Beyazit Mosque 3
The Beyazit Mosque 4
The Beyazit Mosque 5
The Beyazit Mosque 6
Marvi Mosque
Sultanahmet
Bridge
High school students.
Beautiful houses
Ramazan night market
L`Institute Francaise
Olivium Merkezi - Zeytinburnu
asian part of Istanbul
Buyuk Camlica
Pierre Loti
Near airport
Turgut Reis
rainy day
Sirkeci Gar
View
Galata Kulesi
Tulip festival
Boazici Koprusu
Findikzade
Laleli
İstanbul Forum
Istanbul
Istanbul
İstanbul Ticaret Odası
See gulls
pidgeons
Sign
Horhor
Ramazan
History
Vacum Cleaning
Lighthouse
Ferryboat
Fountains
Hotel Room
Trees
The sun is tired on Bosphorous boat
THY
Sirkeci gari
Sultanahmet Koftecisi
View from Topkapi Palace
Camii
Park
TC Istanbul Valiligi
TC Istanbul Valiligi
Sirkeci
Dukkanlar
Dukkanlar
Dukkanlar
Seagulls
Istanbul view
View
Sign
Plates
Tailor´s dummies
Lake
Hotel
TV Tower
Markets
Above Istanbul
The view
Dudullu
Sign
Balık Pazarı
Galata Köprüsü
Galata Kulesi
Marmara Denizi
Marmara Denizi
The dockside so lively as usual
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Kumburgaz İstanbul
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Cicek Pasaji
Istiklal Street,
Europen Part of Istanbul from Ferry
Asian Side of Istanbul from Kınalıada
Pictures of Turkey by Ayşegül Eker.
Haglia Sophia
istanbul
Saphyr Tower
FSM Bridge
Mecidiyeköy
Istanbul... Blue masque
Blue mosque
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Blue Mosque
Ayasofya ve Sultanahmet Mosques
Ayasofya ve Sultanahmet Mosques
Ayasofya ve Sultanahmet Mosques
Ayasofya
Aya Sofia
Aya Sofia
Istanbul
Are you looking at me?
Bosphorus
Besiktas Dock
Bahçeşehir Bizim Evler
Tekstilkent Plaza 1 Skyscraper
Istanbul
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
Boğaziçi
Istanbul Sunset
Side Street near the Galata Tower
Front entrance to the spice markets
istanbul
Paris or Istanbul?
Bostancı
Aerial view of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
Heybeliada
Istanbul from the air
IstanbuL
Aya Sofia
Turkey
Turkey
Turkey
Snowy morning in Sultanahmet
Restaurant in Beyoglu
Sishane
Teatime in Pera Museum
Nostalgic mood of Istanbul
Pera Palace Hotel
h.paşa
La Mosquée Bleue
Le tramway/Istanbul Turkey
Good evening, snowy Istanbul
Seagull in contemplation
Colourful Gentleman
Camlica Hills
Spice Bazaar
Istanbul at night
Bezm-î-Âlem Valide Sultan Camii 1
Bezmi-î-Âlem Valide Sultan camii 2
Bezmi-î-Âlem Valide Sultan camii 3
Bezmi-î-Âlem Valide Sultan camii 4
profiteroles
Istanbul Station
Man in a hurry
Blue Mosque Sultanahmet Camii
singer
İstanbul
Galata tower
Galata from the sea
Büyük Ada
Musicians
Top kapı
Istiklal Caddesi
mosque
kadıköy
AYASOFYA CAMİ
Ayasofya..güzel..
bulutlar harika--İstanbul
Blue Mosque
Istiklal Caddesi
Main Gate at Dolmaphce Palace
Rainy Weather in Iskilal Street
Celebration in Istiklal Street

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