IS­TAN­BUL, THE GOLDEN HORN AND BOSPHO­RUS STRAIT

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - ISTANBUL -

Is­tan­bul fa­mously strad­dles the con­ti­nents of Europe and Asia, and is sep­a­rated by the Bospho­rus Strait, an im­por­tant body of water that sep­a­rates “East” from “West”. It’s a cru­cial in­ter­na­tional wa­ter­way, con­nect­ing Rus­sia and Eastern Europe to much of West­ern Europe via this pas­sage from the Black Sea to the Sea of Mar­mara, and on to­wards the Aegean and Mediter­ranean Sea.

The “Golden Horn” refers to an in­let near the base of the Bospho­rus, which di­vides the old­est parts of Is­tan­bul. The his­toric south­ern penin­sula com­prises what was known as Con­stantino­ple, or the “Old City”, while the north­ern crop is known as the Euro­pean part of Is­tan­bul.

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