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The city of Istanbul embraces two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.

The Bosphorus River separates these two sides of Turkey, and the Bosphorus Bridge connects them. Once you reach the Asian side, you’ll see the sign “Welcome to Asia” and on the entrance to the other side, there’s “Welcome to Europe.”

To set foot in Istanbul feels like time traveling or like a history book that came to life.

Istanbul has a rich history which spans the rise and fall of the world’s most famous empires. It was previously known as Byzantium, the capital of the Byzantine Empire (the Eastern Roman Empire) and later on it was named Constantinopole, after Constantine the Great. After 3 centuries, it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and changed from a Christian to an Islamic empire. Its name was changed to Istanbul.

The architectural structure that has long been there and witnessed all the changes in history is Hagia Sophia (or Ayasofya which means Divine Wisdom). This church was inaugurated by Emperor Justinian of the Byzantine Empire. But when the Ottomans took over the city, Sultan Mehmet converted it from a Christian Church to a Mosque. Now it is a museum that one should not miss when visiting Istanbul. Upon entering Hagia Sophia from the inside, a mix of Christian images and Islamic symbols will be seen.

Made by: ohmyglai, Istanbul, Turkey: East meets West, August 20, 2016


Published by Sebastian from todayplaces