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Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is a transcontinental city in Eurasia situated either side of the blue ribbon of the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia. Its strategic location has attracted many a marauding army over the centuries. Some of the Istanbul’s many attractions include towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns and steamy bathhouses. Aya Sofya, the most famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is an incredibly interesting place to visit with its glittering mosaics lurk in the galleries upstairs. Another not to be missed place is Topkapi Palace, home of sultans and their wives, who were closeted in the famous harem.

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