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Istanbul is a city of two halves, bisected by the Bosporus Strait which links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. The channel not only delineates the city, but it marks the border between Europe and Asia, both physically and culturally.

In 600 BC it became the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium, capital of the Byzantine Empire, and prospered due to its ability to levy tolls on ships passing through the Bosporus.

The city changed hands several times before becoming part of the Roman Empire in 73 AD, and in 330 AD Byzantium was renamed Constantinople by the order of the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great.

In 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II conquered the city and made it the capital of the Ottoman Empire, calling it Istanbul, although the name wasn't officially changed until 1930.

The national capital in all but name, Istanbul is the country’s cultural and financial centre and the most populous metropolis with more than 13 million residents. The city also acts as a hub for Eastern Europe, with regular trains and flights to destinations such as Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

 

 

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