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Istanbul is one of the largest and most famous cities on the planet. Over 14 million people live in the city which was founded over 2,600 years ago and was known as Byzantium. The city later became known as Constantinople and was the influential eastern capital of the Roman Empire. By the 20th century it had come to be known by its present name, but whatever name it has, it still offers a multitude of fantastic reasons to visit.

Istanbul city guide - Lonely Planet

Istanbul is a city experiencing a total rebirth. Join Lonely Planet to discover the highlights of one of the world's hippest metropolises. Guide.

Dan the Info-man
If you are short on time, head for the Sultanahmet district of the Old City. Make sure you utilize the handy network of trams.

The world famous Grand Bazaar, Istanbul (Turkey)

See what it's like in the world famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Dan the Info-man
The Grand Bazaar has over 3,000 shops and is a must. But it is easy to get lost, so grab a map and watch out for street signs. Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul
Dan the Info-man
The Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) are all within walking distance of each other.
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