PhotoSecrets Istanbul debuts
By Andrew Hudson Published: September 5, 2013 Updated: November 18, 2016
PhotoSecrets Istanbul shows over 140 photography location spots, with photos, descriptions, GPS coordinates, and interactive maps. Now you can explore and photograph without missing a great view. Take a look at the gallery, map, index, and slideshow.
Istanbul is one of the most significant cities in history. As the world’s only naturally occurring transcontinental city — straddeling the Bosphorous strait between Europe and Asia — the city’s strategic location on the Spice Road and the Mediterranean allowed it to rule on both continents. Founded as Byzantium and renamed Constantinople, the city spent nearly sixteen centuries as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).
Today, much of that history remains set in stone, with Roman ruins and a multitude of mosques, including what was the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years — the Hagia Sophia.
Top photo credit: Blue Mosque, by Benh Lieu Song, on Wikipedia.Next page: PhotoSecrets guides get welcome pages