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10 Facts About Istanbul

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10 Surprising Facts About Istanbul

Get to know Istanbul like you never thought was possible, with facts you never thought even possible. This is the list of 10 interesting facts about Istanbul that will surprise you.

Interesting Facts about Istanbul

1) Istanbul is home to 3113 mosques.

2) Istanbul is way older than you think. Recent evidence suggests that people have lived here for 8500 years.

3) Te incredible Hagia Sophia has collapsed and been rebuilt three times since the 4th century AD.

4) The Mevlevi Sema Ceramony, popularly known as the Whirling Dervishes is thought to be a path to reunion with God.

5) The Grand Bazaar attracts between 250K to 400K people daily.

6) In the 1630s, it is rumored that, by using fake wings and the wind from the top of the Galata Tower, Hezarfen Ahmed Celebi became perhaps the first person to fly to another continent.

7) Valens Aqueduct carried water into the old city for more than a thousand years. It was still active at the start of the 20th century.

8) The Bosphorus is a natural strait running right through Istanbul, separating Europe from Asia. Some believe an ancient deluge caused by a break in the strait might have inspired the myth of Noah's flood.

9) Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a bridge over the Bosphorus, 471 years before the first one was built.

10) A 19th century French poet and traveler, Alphonse de Lamartine once said, "If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul".