Istanbul is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty. Called Byzantium in ancient times, the city's name was changed to Constantinople in 324 CE when it was rebuilt by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine.
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The Old City of Istanbul is the oldest part of the city, and the location of most of its historic sights. Photo: Sinoplu diyojen, Public domain.

The is the district of Istanbul surrounding the banks of the body of water of the same name, which is a bay of the Bosphorus along its western, European coast. Photo: VikiPicture, CC BY-SA 3.0.

, and Beyoğlu further north with its main thoroughfare, the pedestrianized Istiklal Street, and the adjoining Taksim Square is the district of Istanbul north of , across the Golden Horn. Photo: Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

An archipelago of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara just off the of Istanbul, the are a perfect escape whenever the frantic crowds of Istanbul start to overwhelm you. Photo: Lkcl it, CC0.

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The , or the Seraglio, is a large museum in the east of the district of Istanbul in . is situated 2½ km south of Istanbul. Photo: Uspn, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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The — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the / quarter of Istanbul, , just to the north of the 's junction with the Bosphorus. Photo: A.Savin, FAL.

, officially the Great Mosque of Ayasofya and formerly the Church of , is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. is situated 3 km south of Istanbul. Photo: ArildV, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The is an Ottoman imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, . is situated 3 km southwest of Istanbul. Photo: A.Savin, FAL.


The or the Anatolian Side is the half of Istanbul that is on the mainland, east of the Bosphorus. Photo: Tsy1980, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The is the neighbourhoods of Istanbul that lie along the banks of the channel of the same name that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and separates Europe from Asia. Photo: A.Savin, FAL.

The are a collection of Istanbul neighbourhoods, lying west of the Old City walls and sprawling across the Thracian peninsula. Photo: Nevit, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Istanbul's is a modern district north of . Photo: Elgaard, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Üsküdar, traditionally known in Italian and English as Scutari, and in classical antiquity known as Chrysopolis, is a large and densely populated district and municipality of Istanbul, , on the shore of the Bosphorus. is situated 3 km southeast of Istanbul. Photo: A.Savin, FAL.

, historically Constantinople, is the capital district and a municipality in Istanbul, is situated 3½ km southwest of Istanbul. Photo: Eaglestein, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is a quarter midway up the within the district of in Istanbul, . is situated 3 km west of Istanbul. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.


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