The city is divided by the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. ✈️
Istanbul was originally known as Byzantium and was later renamed Constantinople after the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. 🕌
The name Istanbul didn’t come into use until the 20th century. Istanbul is home to one of the world’s largest and oldest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar. It has over 4,000 shops selling everything from jewelry to spices, carpets to souvenirs. 📍
Istanbul has over 3000 mosques, making it one of the most mosque-dense cities in the world. 🕌🕌
The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks. It was built in the 14th century and was used as a watchtower to detect fires and enemies.
Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years and was known as the “city of the world’s desire” due to its strategic location and cultural importance.
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