jessica mae burkart
designer, photographer, crafter, music + cat lover.

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travel photography > Istanbul, Turkey

Formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul once was the capital city of the Roman Empire, The Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and The Ottoman Empire. Today Istanbul is considered Europe's most populous city. Divided by the Bosporus Straight, Istanbul lies on both the European and Asian continent. It is split from east and west, new and old. The old Grand Bazaar built during the Ottoman Empire is now surrounded by new brand name boutiques; small narrow cobblestone streets are being replaced with nicely paved wider roads; and Muslim women are embracing new freedoms of the western culture by the refusal to wear the head scarf and even full length clothing. Istanbul is a massive city, busy and fast paced. I think the one day spent there was just enough time to visit its hot spots and get a taste of what it has to offer.