Istanbul

Istanbul

One of the most historically significant cities in history, Istanbul has remained a major urban centre throughout its lifetime under a number of different names. Once the imperial capital of the Roman Empire under the name of Constantinople, it retained this function during the lifetime of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire under the name of Byzantium and eventually its current identity of Istanbul. A major urban centre due to its positioning along the Silk Road, Istanbul has been a thriving trade centre for over nearly 2000 years with access to the Mediterranean and Black Seas. In the present day, Istanbul is a global capital. A thriving cosmopolitan city with a diverse population, it is known for its souks and beautiful temples, it is very much a bridge between East and West, a function it has retained throughout its lifetime.

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