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The 2010 European Capital of Culture

Istanbul is a place of living urban history that spans Europe and Asia, forged since antiquity by the achievements of coexisting civilizations. Dubbed ‘New Rome’ by Constantine, plundered by crusader greed in 1204, and the Ottoman capital from 1453, today’s teeming city welcomes her visitors in safety. Ancient and evolving, Istanbul’s essence is best captured in fleeting images: in wailing hilltop minarets, bargaining in bazaars, and diverse dining and nightlife.