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Istanbul Istanbul

Istanbul is a city with 3000 years of history. In Roman times it was the seat of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and was known as Constantinople. It was not until the 15th century that the Ottomans took control of Istanbul giving it a more Islamic character. The traces of these two empires can still be seen today in Istanbul where often magnificent mosques and churches stand side by side. One of the most striking things about the city is the view one gains standing on the south bank looking at the hills to the north which are peppered with minarets all of which sound in unison at prayer time.