Istanbul – the world’s 7th-largest city and the largest European city

The city is known to be the most crowded and colorful city of Turkey. Furthermore, Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait which separates Europe and Asia as well as the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.

Istanbul was a capital city for the Eastern Roman Empire, Latin Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire, following the model of antique Rome. The historic peninsula is characterized by seven hills, each topped by imperial mosques (see picture above). The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor, bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.

A city full of life and good tea. -Unknown

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Three students of Konstanz tell about their travel experience to Istanbul in September 2017. Read more: Coming Home to Istanbul