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Greek, Roman history on display in Istanbul

August 23, 2011 - 2:25am
Greek, Roman history on display in Istanbul
Though it has gone by several different names through its history, one thing is for sure: Istanbul is a city unlike any other. With a rich history stretching back to the Byzantine Empire, the Turkish capital has become a popular destination for anybody looking for affordable travel deals.

The city is located on the Bosphorus strait, which forms part of the border between Europe and Asia and has made it a burgeoning hub of commercial, social and cultural appeal. Also situated in the middle of the strait is Maiden's Tower, one of the oldest relics in the city. First built by ancient Athenians around 400 B.C., this structure has gone through numerous changes over the centuries but has long been used a lighthouse. Now visitors can grab a bite to eat at a restaurant on the first floor, or at the cafe at the top of the iconic tower.

Istanbul is also famous for being the capital of the Roman Empire (though it was then known as Constantinople) between the years 330 and 395. Perhaps the most well-known structures left from the time period are the Valens Aqueducts. Aside from serving a significant historical purpose, today the 3185-foot aqueducts give visitors a stark contrast to the modern architecture throughout the city.