Istanbul (formerly known as Constantinople) is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the largest city in modern day Turkey. The area where the city is located was first settled by the Ancient Greeks in 660 BC and called Byzantium, Constantinople was founded in 330 AD and the city was officially renamed to Istanbul in 1930. Today the city has a population of 13.9 million.
The city is home to the Hagia Sophia (which was the world’s largest cathedral for more than a thousand years). First it was a Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (or church), later it became an imperial mosque and nowadays it’s a museum.
Today’s Daily Cool Photo was taken in Emin^n square (one of the largest squares in Istanbul) and features two images reflecting from a bus’ glass. One of them is a boy who distributes bread to groceries, the other one is the historical Hagia Sophia. This is a souvenir photo that photographer Sami Uaan didn’t think he could have encountered. It was entered into the National Geographic Photo Contest for 2013.
This is definitely one of the cities that I want to check out one day. Is this on your bucket list as well, or not? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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