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Where continents collide, capital of empires, a crossroads of culture and civilizations, home to two continents, the only city in the world situated in both Asia and Europe…

Here are some phrases describing Istanbul:

  • Today, the cultural and financial center of Turkey, Istanbul has been the capital of three empires: Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman.

  • No other city in the world spans two continents; nowhere else has been the capital of two empires. This vibrant metropolis of 20 million people, stretching across both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus Strait, is unique.

  • Founded by the Greeks, later the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire, Istanbul flourished again at the heart of the Muslim Ottoman Empire after its capture by the Turks in 1453.

  • This magical meeting place of East and West has more attractions than minarets.

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