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Dora Lewis

Istanbul: between Asia and the Mediterranean

Istanbul: between Asia and the Mediterranean

Today we tell you a little about the surprising city of Istanbul, on the innermost shore of the Mediterranean and a bridge between two continents: Europe and Asia.

It is also the most populous city in the Mediterranean area, with 12 million inhabitants and literally, through a bridge in the Bosphorus Strait, unites the two continents of which it is a part.

This simile of the bridge can be applied to the entire culture, society and customs in Istanbul, the mixture of Asian, African and European influences is evident in every corner.

If you want to discover this Mediterranean jewel a little, we make a brief review of some of its most emblematic points:

– The famous Galata Bridge, remains, as in its origins, the most important street in Istanbul, the arm of the sea around which the city has settled.

Despite the growth of the city, it remains an icon of the city center where cars, pedestrians, boats, restaurants, etc. converge.

– The Spice Bazaar, on the other side of the bridge, where all kinds of products are sold in all known languages.

– Topkapi Palace, an imperial residence until the 19th century and a museum today, once housed up to 5,000 residents.

– Thousands of mosques, among which the Santa Sofía Basilica, transformed into a mosque, and the Blue Mosque undoubtedly stand out.

This city undoubtedly has characteristics that make it exotic and intriguing, and that makes it a true gem that deserves to be discovered.

Do you find it interesting, would you like to get to know Turkey and its beautiful cities? Tell us more in the comments.

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