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Istanbul, Turkey sits on both shores of the Bosphorus Strait, one of the busiest seaports in the world. The Strait separates the continents of Europe and Asia, so part of the city is in Asia, part in Europe, and the city reflects the blends of two cultures. Istanbul is rich in ancient artifacts and structures from both its Christian and Muslim past. It is one of the world's top travel destinations. A shopping experience in the Grand Bazaar should not be missed. A boat tour of the Strait is an (almost) must-do as well. Photos on this page include the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus Strait, Ayasofya, Rumilihisa Fortress, Topkapi Palace, Obelisk of Theodosius, the Grand Bazaar, and the Column of Constantine.

The Bosphorous Strait is one of the busiest seaways in the world, carrying more shipping traffic than either the Suez or Panama Canals. Reportedly, 55-million tons of oil pass through the strait each year. To see these pictures of Istanbul, point to the images to see enlargements or use the Slideshow below.


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photo of Ayasofya in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ayasofya #9024
Ayasofya was originally a chuch, then a mosque, and is now a very popular museum.

photo of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Blue Mosque #8976
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is a popular tourist attraction. It is also still an active Muslim mosque.

photo of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Blue Mosque #9020
Photo of the Blue Mosque from a nearby park.

photo of Crowne Fountain in Chicago
Rumelihisari Fortress #9123
The Rumelihisari Fortress is on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait and was built in 1451-1452.

photo of ships in the Bosphorus Strait.
Bosphorus Strait #9176
The Bosphorus Strait is a very busy commercial area. It is part of the only route that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. Ships waiting to load and unload stack up here by the dozens, if not hundreds.

photo of part of Istanbul, Turkey from the Bosphorus Strait.
View of Istanbul #9165
This is a view of part of Istanbul from a tour boat in the Bosphorus Strait.

photo of the Column of Constantine in Istanbul, Turkey
Column of Constantine #9063
The Column of Constantine was built in 330AD at the order of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.

photo of the Obelisk of Theodosius
Obelisk of Theodosius #9067
This obelisk was moved to and placed in Istanbul, then Constantinople in 390AD. However, it was originally built for Egyptian pharoah Thutmose III between 1479BC and 1424BC

photo of an Istanbul park.
Istanbul Park at Sunset #9069
This is a pleasant little park in Istanbul, Turkey, not far from Ayasofya and the Blue Mosque.

photo of a silver shop in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.
Silver Shop in the Grand Bazaar #9058
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is an amazing shopping experience.

photo of slippers for sale in Istanbul
Slipper Shop in the Grand Bazaar #9016
The Grand Bazaar is one of the most interesting shopping experiences anyone can have anywhere.

photo of a lantern shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Lantern Shop #8977
Photo of a lantern shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.

photo of the inside of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.
Topkapi Palace #9012
Photo showing the intricate detail of wall decorations in the Topkapi Palace.

photo inside the Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace #8991
The Topkapi Palace was home to Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.

photo of a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Topkapi Palace #9007
This is another photo taken within the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey.

photo of the Bosphorus Strait from Istanbul.
Istanbul Street #9175
Photo of a view from a street in Istanbul looking out over the Bosphorus Strait.

photo of Istanbul housing.
Housing in Istanbul #9170
This is a photo of some of the congested apartments in Istanbul, Turkey.

photo of earrings for sale in Istanbul
Earrings #8980
Photo of earrings for sale in Istanbul, Turkey.

photo of a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lantern Shop #9029
This is a photo of a lantern shop in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey.

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