Istanbul, the modern Turkish: İstanbul; Ottoman Turkish: Istanbul [istambul]), historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople and the Istana and made it a mosque; [2] is the largest city in Turkey and the second largest city in the world in terms of population, which is inhabited by 13.4 million people. [3 ] Istanbul is also a "major city", and are seen as Turkey's cultural, economic and financial center. City covers an area of ​​39 districts form the Istanbul province. [4] located Istanbul on the Bosphorus and surrounded the natural harbor known as the "Golden Horn" (in Turkish: Haliç or Altın Boynuz) located in the northwest of the country. The city stretching along the European side of the Bosphorus, known as the "Thrace", and the Asian side or "Anatolia", and therefore the only city in the world that lies on two continents. (Wikipedia)

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