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Despite Istanbul not being the capital of Turkey, it is the most populous city of the country as well as its financial and commercial hub. Istanbul can be defined as the bridge between Europe and Asia, in fact the two cultures beautifully mix in the spirit of the country. Since the ‘Silk Road’ era, Istanbul has been a cosmopolitan city and the attempts of reducing its multiculturality after the creation of the Turkish Republic have not worked well.

The Byzantines mosaics and frescos decorates churches and buildings in the city. The diversity of the city is also reflected into its culinary heritage. You will easily find locals in the meyhanes (Turkish taverns) or in the kebapçıs (kebap restaurants): they are very inclusive, they like to party but they also value friendship and family.

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Istanbul was the capital city of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire but now it is not the capital of Turkey.