Instanbul, Turkey



Beth and I were in Instanbul, Turkey last week. Very dynamic fast growing city.

More photos at:

turkeyhullinger.blogspot.com   appropriate title, don't you think?

All of our photos at ruhu12.com


From Wikapedia

Istanbul (Turkishİstanbul) is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe[d], second largest in the Middle East and the third-largest city in the world by population within city limits.[2][3] Istanbul's vast area of 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq mi) is coterminous with Istanbul Province, of which the city is the administrative capital.[c] Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.[4]
Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history. For nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).[5] It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomansconquered the city in 1453 and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the last caliphate.[6] Although the Republic of Turkey established its capital in Ankara, palaces and imperial mosques still line Istanbul's hills as visible reminders of the city's previous central role.
Istanbul's strategic position along the historic Silk Road,[7] rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have helped foster an eclectic populace, although less so since the establishment of the Republic in 1923. Overlooked for the new capital during the interwar period, the city has since regained much of its prominence. The population of the city has increased tenfold since the 1950s, as migrants from across Anatolia have flocked to the metropolis and city limits have expanded to accommodate them.[8][9] Arts festivals were established at the end of the 20th century, while infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network.
Approximately 11.6 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2012, two years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's fifth-most-popular tourist destination.[10] The city's biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district. Considered aglobal city,[11] Istanbul is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world.[12] 

  1. Istanbul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  3. Travel | istanbul

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    2. Istanbul travel guide - Wikitravel

      wikitravel.org/en/Istanbul
      Open source travel guide to Istanbul, featuring up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, travel tips and more. Free and reliable advice ...
    3. TAV Istanbul Ataturk Airport

      www.ataturkairport.com/
      Located just outside Istanbul, with information on flights, weather, hotels, parking, food, transportation, airport maps, statistics and picture guide.
    4. Istanbul Cymbals

      istanbulcymbals.com/
      Handmade cymbals from Turkey in different variations.
    5. İstanbul - Go Turkey Official Tourism Portal of Turkey

      www.goturkey.com/en/city/detail/istanbul
      Istanbul: A world center of great value in the past as well as in the present, Istanbul ... Istanbul, with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical ...
    6. Istanbul Tourism - TripAdvisor

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      Istanbul Tourism: TripAdvisor has 331309 reviews of Istanbul Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it ...