Fa­mously strad­dling Asia and Eu­rope, Is­tan­bul is a swarm­ing megac­ity at a cross­roads. Calls to prayer

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - THE PLACE - — SCOTT A. WOOD­WARD

float in the air com­pet­ing with a ca­coph­ony of howl­ing sirens and bleet­ing car horns. Only the domed mosques with tow­er­ing minarets that dot the sky­line of­fer refuge from the fray. Dom­i­nat­ing Is­tan­bul’s Golden Horn, Sü­ley­maniye Mosque en­cases a grand in­ner court­yard sur­rounded by arched por­ti­cos—a bas­tion of tran­quil­ity from the world be­yond its gates.

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