|Istanbul by district|
During it long history the city previously served as the capital city of the clasical Byzantine, Latin Roman Empires and Ottoman Empire. Ankara was selected as the capital of the new Republic of Turkey during the Turkish War of Independence.
The historic peninsular is said to be built on seven hills, each topped by an imperial mosque,surrounded by 22km of city walls,the largest of this hills is the site of Topkapi Palace.
The urban landscape of Istanbul is shaped by many communities.The religion with the largest community of followers is Islam. Religious minorities include Greek Orthodox Christians, Armenian Christians,Catholic Levantines and Sephardic Jews.
|Istanbul city of two continents|