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"Istanbul Essentials" photo essays

at The Cheshire Cat Blog

As a foretaste of the My Favourite Planet guide to Istanbul
we have prepared three photo essays about life in the city:

Istanbul essentials 1:
Istanbul's other inhabitants


Istanbul essentials 2:
Making a living


Istanbul essentials 3:
video and photos of Köçek dancers
 
Istanbul is Turkey's largest city, the fifth largest in the world, former capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empires and the only city to straddle two continents. Founded around 660 BC, it is also one of the planet's oldest continuously inhabited cities.
The My Favourite Planet guide to Istanbul
is currently in preparation.
Istanbul Area map
Map of north-western Turkey and the Aegean area at My Favourite Planet

map of north-western Turkey and the Aegean area.

See a larger interactive map of this area.

Istanbul facts and figures
name: Istanbul

Formerly known as known as:
from circa 660 BC Byzantium (Greek, Byzantion);
330-1930 AD Constantinople (Konstantinoupolis, city of Constantine)

region: Marmara

province: Istanbul
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
consists of 39 districts.

climate: Mediterranean, temperate with hot,
dry summers and mild, wet winters

language: Turkish

population: 12.8 million (estimated)

5th largest city in the world by population

population density:

2,392 per square km (estimated)

local time: Eastern European Time (EET)

Daylight Saving Schedule:

Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours

Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours

currency: Turkish Lira (TL or TRY)

telephone code: +90 - 212 (European side)

+90 - 216 (Asian side)
Further information for Turkey, including visa details,
can be found on our Turkey pages.
Turkey photo galleries:

Ephesus

Kuşadası

Pergamon (Bergama)

Selçuk

See also: Istanbul Essentials photo essays
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Emblem of Istanbul
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See also
The Cheshire Cat Blog
photo essays about Turkey:

Istanbul Essentials part 1

Istanbul Essentials part 2

Istanbul Essentials part 3
with video

Ionian Spring part 1

Ionian Spring part 2

Ionian Spring part 3
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