Divided by the Bosphorus strait this meeting point of Asia and Europe is a melting pot of history, culture and tradition. It's population of approaching 15 million make Istanbul the largest city in Turkey, and the fifth largest in the world by population.
Istanbul's advantageous location has to a great extent determined it role in history, and the city has been the capital of the Roman, Ottoman, and Byzantine empires. These empires have all contributed to the history and culture that make this city what it is today. With a history dating back 300 thousand years, Istanbul is a mosaic of many cultures and civilisations combined, and through its monuments and people provides a fascinating view of this history.