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  • Founded in the 7th century, Istanbul spans Europe and Asia and has the Bosphorus running through it. width:413;;height:480
  • The silhouette of one of Istanbul's beautiful mosques at sunset. width:640;;height:480
  • The silhouette of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, two of Istanbul's top attractions.  width:640;;height:292
  • Built in the sixth century, the Hagia Sophia started life as a cathedral, was converted into a Mosque and is now a museum.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Hagia Sophia, as seen from the Topkapi Palace.  width:640;;height:480
  • The cavernous interior of the Hagia Sophia.  width:640;;height:480
  • 75 metres long and 70 metres wide, the Hagia Sophia was the world's largest cathedral for almost a millennium.  width:640;;height:480
  • One of the Hagia Sophia's restored mosaics.  width:360;;height:480
  • The central dome of the Hagia Sophia (aka the Church of the Holy Wisdom).  width:640;;height:480
  • When visitors think about Istanbul, they usually picture the Blue Mosque (also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque).  width:640;;height:480
  • The Mosque was built in the 17th century, during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I.  width:640;;height:480
  • Here are its cascading domes, as seen from the Hagia Sophia.  width:640;;height:480
  • Intricate stained glass in the Blue Mosque.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Blue Mosque's central dome is 23.5 metres wide.  width:640;;height:480
  • And has numerous chandeliers hanging from it.  width:640;;height:480
  • The entrance to the Topkapi Palace, built by Mehmed II in the 15th century. width:640;;height:480
  • The Topkapi palace comprises a series of four courtyards.  This is a picture of the third courtyard, which contains the Sultan's offices. width:360;;height:480
  • An audience chamber used by the Sultan to dispense justice. width:640;;height:480
  • The beautiful dome of one of the many chambers found in the grounds of the Topkapi Palace width:640;;height:480
  • ... and another one. width:640;;height:480
  • Stunning stained glass in the Topkapi Palace. width:360;;height:480
  • The exterior of Istanbul's archaeological museum width:360;;height:480
  • The Alexander Sarcophagus is one of the museum's most famous treasures. width:640;;height:480
  • The underground Basilica Cistern, constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian. width:640;;height:480
  • The famous, and upturned, Medusa statue. width:640;;height:480
  • Turkish lamps on sale in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. width:360;;height:480
  • The Galata Tower in Beyoglu, as seen from the Golden Horn. width:640;;height:480
  • The Mibrah of one of Istanbul's lesser known mosques. width:360;;height:480
  • The view over Istanbul from the Galata Tower width:640;;height:480
  • A ship on the Bosphorus at sunset. width:640;;height:480
  • The Galatasaray Museum, Istanbul. width:360;;height:480
  • One of Istanbul's older trams is just part of the city's excellent public transport system.  width:640;;height:480
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