Istanbul, Where East Meets West
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a functioning mosque constructed between 1609 and 1616. It’s one of Istanbul’s top tourist attraction.

Istanbul, Where East Meets West

By Sandra Scott For a riot of color and smells, stop by the Spice Market, a popular stop at the Grand Bazaar. Visit two continents but just one city. It is where East meets West. The Bosporus Strait separates the city of Istanbul in Turkey with Asia on one side and Europe on the other. Its strategic location has made it a crossroads of the world, where the influences of many empires are still evident. An inexpensive ferry connects Europe and Asia. Istanbul was the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The city has been known by several names, Byzantium, Stamboul and Constantinople. A gold record by The Four Lads celebrated the 500th anniversary in 1953 of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans with the song, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople),” a lighthearted reference to the name change. The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. Constantinople was protected by a series of walls that were added to and modified over the years. It was considered one of the most complex and elaborate systems ever built, portions of which are still visible in places. The best place to get an

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