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Blue Mosque at night

The Allure of Turkey

Sitting on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey (officially known as Türkiye) is surrounded on three sides by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Aegean Sea.  Because of its strategic location, Istanbul was central to the region's trade routes, which linked Europe, Iran, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, the Caucasus, the Russian steppe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean Basin.


As a result, Istanbul (not Constantinople) has become the largest city in the world to span two continents.  İstanbul, with its thousands of years of history, unique architectural structures, rich cultural texture, millions of population and vibrant economic life, is an important center of attraction today as it was yesterday. It was the capital city during the Roman, Eastern Roman/Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Read below to find out more about the amazing city of Istanbul with its rich historical sights.

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