A GENERAL LOOK AT ISTANBUL BEFORE THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

On ISTANBUL – A mini-series – Part 1  | by Ayse OVUR*
Istanbul* is the only metropolis with territories both in Europe and Asia in the world. The metropolitan city has inhabitants for thousands of years, has been the capital of two different empires more than 1500 years.
Today, even though it is not the official capital of Turkey; it is accepted as a cultural capital of the Republic of Turkey. Throughout history, many different religions, languages, and cultures were able to coexist within its borders.  Tourists visiting Istanbul may encounter churches, synagogues, and mosques next to each other. 

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