Istanbul
Geography
Istanbul is located in northwestern
Turkey within the Marmara Region
on a total area of 5,343 square
kilometers....
Religious
Istanbul has been a
cosmopolitan city throughout
much of its history, but it has
become more homogenized
since t...
Architecture
Istanbul is primarily known for

its Byzantine and Ottoman
architecture, but its buildings
reflect the variou...
Hangia Sofia
The pinnacle of Byzantine
architecture, and one of
Istanbul's most iconic
structures, is the Hagia Sophia.
To...
Nuruosmaniye Mosque
It is considered one of the finest

Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located

examples of mosques in Ottoman

ne...
Leisure, entertainment and gastronomy
Istanbul has numerous shopping
centers, from the historic to the
modern. The Grand B...
Restaurants featuring foreign

Some other neighborhoods around

cuisines are mainly concentrated in

İstiklal Avenue have ...
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Istanbul Carlos 1A

  1. 1. Istanbul
  2. 2. Geography Istanbul is located in northwestern Turkey within the Marmara Region on a total area of 5,343 square kilometers. The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European, Thracian side— comprising the historic and economic centers The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded. The confluence of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn at the heart of present-day Istanbul has deterred attacking forces for thousands of years and still remains a prominent feature of the city's landscape.
  3. 3. Religious Istanbul has been a cosmopolitan city throughout much of its history, but it has become more homogenized since the end of the Ottoman Empire. Still, most of Turkey's religious and ethnic minorities remain concentrated in Istanbul. The vast majority of people across Turkey, and in Istanbul, consider themselves Muslim, and more specifically members of the Sunni branch of Islam.
  4. 4. Architecture Istanbul is primarily known for its Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, but its buildings reflect the various peoples and empires that have previously ruled the city. Here we have some examples:
  5. 5. Hangia Sofia The pinnacle of Byzantine architecture, and one of Istanbul's most iconic structures, is the Hagia Sophia. Topped by a dome 31 meters (102 ft) in diameter, the Hagia Sophia stood as the world's largest cathedral for more than a thousand years, before being converted into a mosque and, as it stands now, a museum Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica(church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,[1] except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
  6. 6. Nuruosmaniye Mosque It is considered one of the finest Nuruosmaniye Mosque is located examples of mosques in Ottoman near the entrance to the Kapalıçarşı Baroque style. It was built by (Grand Bazaar), Column of architects Mustafa Ağa and Simon Constantine and the historicalAtik Kalfa from the order of Sultan Ali Paşa Mosque. Mahmut Iand completed by his brother and successor Sultan Osman III. The architects adopted Baroque architectural elements, the mosque is also distinctive with the absence of anablution fountain.
  7. 7. Leisure, entertainment and gastronomy Istanbul has numerous shopping centers, from the historic to the modern. The Grand Bazaar, in operation since 1461, is among the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Mahmutpasha Bazaar is an open-air market extending between the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar, which has been Istanbul's major spice market since 1660. Aside from typical Turkish cuisine like kebab, Istanbul is also famous for its historic seafood restaurants. Many of the city's most popular and upscale seafood restaurants line the shores of the Bosphorus, while the Kumkapı neighborhood along the Sea of Marmara has a pedestrian zone that hosts around fifty fish restaurants.
  8. 8. Restaurants featuring foreign Some other neighborhoods around cuisines are mainly concentrated in İstiklal Avenue have recently been the Beyoğlu district. Residing along revamped to cater to Beyoğlu's İstiklal Avenue is the Çiçek Pasajı, nightlife, with formerly commercial now home to winehouses, pubs, streets now lined with pubs, cafés, and restaurants.While the focus of and restaurants playing live music. İstiklal Avenue, originally famous Other focal points for Istanbul's for its taverns, has shifted toward nightlife include Nişantaşı, Ortaköy, shopping, the nearby Nevizade Bebek, and Kadıköy Street is still lined with winehouses and pubs.
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