POSTED: September 30th 2011
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SPORTS TRAVEL: Istanbul brings a mix of European and Asian culture for 2020 Olympics Bid

The Bosphorus River connects Europe and Asia / Turkish Culture and Tourism Office-Washington D.C.
The Bosphorus River connects Europe and Asia / Turkish Culture and Tourism Office-Washington D.C.

Scenic Rumeli Fortress on the European side of the sea / Turkish Culture and Tourism Office-Washington D.C.
Scenic Rumeli Fortress on the European side of the sea / Turkish Culture and Tourism Office-Washington D.C.

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TAMPA: If Rome is high on the world’s list of eminent cities, then Istanbul is surely on that list as well.

Once known as Byzantium and Constantinople, this coastal city was the capital for the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire and has been the bridge between Europe and Asia for centuries from its position straddling the Bosporus Strait.

Napoleon once said, "If the world was a single state, Istanbul would be the capital."

Istanbul is a full-fledged modern city with public transportation and a sparkling nightlife, but the ancient architecture and unique blend of Islamic, Jewish and Christian influences set it apart.

Diverse styles of architecture are visible in Istanbul, but the iconic domes and spires of the Ottoman imperial mosques and the Hagia Sophia are the most important aspects of the skyline. Tourists can unwind at a Turkish bath or on one of the city’s several beautiful beaches.

As for its sporting culture, the city already has three UEFA Category Four stadiums and the largest multi-purpose indoor arena in Turkey. There are large soccer, basketball, and volleyball clubs in Istanbul, and tennis, equestrian, and golf are increasingly popular.


Keywords · Istanbul 2020 · Olympic bidding · Games · Bosphorus ·


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