PLACES : ASIA : MIDDLE EAST : TURKEY
BRIDGE BETWEEN CONTINENTS
Turkey is uniquely situated between the two continents of Europe and Asia, and is considered part of the Middle East. Originally part of the Roman Empire, then later taken over by the Ottoman Empire, the history of Turkey and its central position on the map lends a rich depth of culture, trade and architecture.
A melded culture is particularly observed in the city of Istanbul, which was once called Byzantium, then Constantinople. It is here that its European identity is most prevalent, while interwoven with its Middle Eastern culture. Muslim mosques stand prominently while commingling with Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues.