Istanbul

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.

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.

, 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.

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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: Edal, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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.

Notable Places in the Area

Mosque
is the former patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, . is situated 2½ km east of Istanbul. Photo: ArildV, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as , is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, . is situated 2½ km east of Istanbul. Photo: Dersaadet, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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The , or the Seraglio, is a large museum in the east of the district of Istanbul in . is situated 3 km east of Istanbul. Photo: Uspn, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Localities in the Area

Town
, historically Constantinople, is the capital district and a municipality in Istanbul, Photo: Eaglestein, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Town
Galata, and 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. is situated 2½ km northeast of Istanbul. Photo: Ggia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Quarter
is a quarter midway up the within the district of in Istanbul, . is situated 1½ km north of Istanbul. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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