``If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.`` Napoleon Bonaparte
Brief introduction about the city:
This beautiful city is the only one who astride two continents, Europe and Asia. According to historians, Istanbul (Stanbul) was founded by Byzas in 667 BC, and then called Byzantium. In 330 AD, Constantine made Byzantium his capital and called it Constantinople. The Great Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople in 1453 AD and changed the name to Istanbul and is still used, also when Turkey became a Republic in 1923.