The City That Resides on Two Continents

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Largest city in Turkey.

The fifth-largest city in the world by population.

Considered European.

Occupies two different continents.



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One part of Istanbul lies in Europe and the other part lies in Asia. Istanbul’s European part is separated from its Asian part by the Bosphorus Strait, a 31-km-long waterway that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and forms a natural boundary between the two continents.

Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul

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Two suspension bridges across the Bosporus – the Bosporus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also called Bosporus Bridge II, connect the two sides, yet many tourist prefer to visit the European side of Istanbul because of its historical significance. The European side is also the city’s commercial center with banks, stores and corporations and two-third of its population. The Asian side feels more relaxed, with wide boulevards, residential neighbourhoods and fewer hotels and tourist attractions.

Have you visited Istanbul? What was your favorite aspect?


This article first appeared on Amusing Planet

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