The Marmara Region in northwestern is the country's bridge and connection to Europe, with Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, at its heart. The region is named after the sea it surrounds: the Sea of Marmara, connected to the Aegean Sea by the Straits Dardanelles, and to the Black Sea by the Bosporus.

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is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty.

The Old City of is the oldest part of the city, and the location of most of its historic sights.

is a city of 973,000 in , on the northern shoreline of the Sea of Marmara.

, and Beyoğlu further north with its main thoroughfare, the pedestrianized Istiklal Street, and the adjoining Taksim Square is the district of north of , across the Golden Horn.


constitutes the European part of and forms the northwestern edge of the country.

is the southern part of Marmara Region, .

Lying east of the Sea of Marmara in , has everything in it from expansive…

is in a central position in Marmara Region, .


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