A Major Settlement
& Commercial Hub for centuries since
Istanbul historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the
most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural,
and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia,
straddling the Bosphorus Strait (which separates Europe and Asia)
between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
a population of over 15 million residents Istanbul is one of the
world's most populous cities and ranks as the world's 7th-largest
city proper and the largest European city.
served as an imperial capital for almost 16 centuries, during the
Roman and Byzantine (330-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin (1204-1261),
and the Ottoman (1453-1922) empires.
was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and
Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 and
transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the
Ottoman Caliphate, which later continued to be the commercial hub of
Republic of Turkey after Ankara is declared as the Capital.
The Grand Bazaar in
Istanbul is a 550 years old covered Shopping Mall with 22 entrances,
64 streets, over 4,000 shops where over 25,000 people work.