Where is Istanbul? The city of Istanbul is found in Turkey. It is located at 41 latitude and 28 longitude between Europe and Asia. Turkey is not an Arab country.
Istanbul consists of two parts. The city is divided by waters of Bosphorus Strait.
One part of Istanbul is in Eastern Thrace in the Southeastern Europe. This part of Istanbul is called the European.
If you are traveling as a tourist you are most likely to be in the Eastern Thrace - the European side of Istanbul. Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Fatih, Taksim and Ataturk International Airport, for example, are in this part of Istanbul.
Beaches of the Black Sea are also on the European side of Istanbul.
The other part of Istanbul is in Western Asia. Third of Istanbul population lives here. Kadikoy, Moda, fancy Bagdad Avenu, Princes Islands and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport are here. Asian side is also called the Anatolian side of Istanbul.
Istanbul itself doesn't border any countries. The European side of Istanbul is approximately 4 hours away by bus from Bulgarian and Greek borders. Buses from main bus terminal in Istanbul make several trips per day to/from Bulgaria and Greece.
Turkey borders with Iran, Armenia and Nakhchivan Autonomus Republic (of Azerbaijan) on the east; Georgia on the northeast; Syria and Iraq on the south.
Istanbul is home to many cultures and religions. Country's predominant religion is Islam.
The city of Istanbul is surrounded by the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. The Bosphorus Strait runs in the middle of the city. Beaches of the Black Sea are popular during summer vacations.
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night...
So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone...
By Jimmy Kennedy