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Istanbul is a unique city of contrast, color, and variety. Geographically, the port city straddles East and West, and over history has been heavily influenced by its various rulers. As a result, Istanbul exhibits architectural grandeur and expresses a broad spectrum of lifestyle and religious ideology unlike any other city in the world.

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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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Lanterns for sale in the Spice Bazaar


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Various snacks in the Spice Bazaar


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The ceiling of the Yeni Mosque near the Spice Bazaar


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The Süleymaniye Mosque in the afternoon


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Sunset over the Bosphorus


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A man having a drink at a cafe


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There is an existing tradition in Turkey that a boy is circumcised between the age of 5 and 12 to prove that he is a man. The boy is dressed like a king and showered with gifts before the procedure.


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Ceiling of the Hagia Sophia


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Christian depiction of Mary and Jesus on the ceiling of the Hagia Sophia


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Inside the Hagia Sophia


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Inside the Hagia Sophia


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The Hagia Sophia


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Women walking in the park


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Courtyard in Topkapi Palace


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The domes of the Blue Mosque


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The Imam conversing after Friday prayer


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Men conversing after Friday prayer


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Lantern and mosaic glass


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Inside the Blue Mosque


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Gathering around the Turkish flag


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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Police approach celebrators on the bus


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win


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People celebrating soccer club Fenerbahce's championship win



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