“Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body” ― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Istanbul’s remarkable, tangible history reaches back to the prosperous times of Constantinople and Byzantium and even further, to the 7th millennium BC where first settlements took place during the neolithic age. It is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul have always been described as a unique hub of it’s time where different cultural interests, religious believes and origins can co-exist. Trade made this possible throughout millennia but unfortunately, Turkey has temporarily left the path of reason which Kemal Atatürk once lead. Neglecting it’s own history, the current leader takes action which gives grave concern and does not bode well for the future. On the other hand, arrogance and vanity can not last within these walls because they are much bigger than that. [Part II]