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Istanbul: Most populous city in Turkey
Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, 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 Bosporus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives in suburbs on the Asian side of the Bosporus. With a total population of around fifteen million residents in its metropolitan area, Istanbul is one of the world's largest cities by population, ranking as the world's fifteenth-largest city and the largest city in Europe. The city is the administrative centre of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

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Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years [Video]

Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia for first time in 86 years

Turkish president joins hundreds of worshippers after iconic Istanbul landmark's controversial reconversion into mosque.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:04Published
Meet the Hagia Sophia's cat, who still has a job [Video]

Meet the Hagia Sophia's cat, who still has a job

With thousands of Instagram followers and even a former U.S. president as a fan, Gli the cat is almost as famous as her home, Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:24Published
Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show [Video]

Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show

Some 200 drones lit up the sky in Istanbul late on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of July 15, 2016 putsch, when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, tanks and helicopters, attacked..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published
Pope 'pained' by Turkey's Hagia Sophia decision [Video]

Pope 'pained' by Turkey's Hagia Sophia decision

Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey's decision to make Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. Megan Revell reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published
Turkey reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque [Video]

Turkey reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

President Erdogan declares iconic cultural site reopen to Muslim worship after a court ruling.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Jamal Khashoggi murder begins [Video]

Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Jamal Khashoggi murder begins

Court to try Saudi suspects in absentia over killing of journalist in Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:49Published
Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again [Video]

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:33Published
Fire suppression test fills hangar with foam [Video]

Fire suppression test fills hangar with foam

Turkish Airlines released a dazzling video on Wednesday showing foam fire suppression test at its aircraft hangar in Istanbul Airport.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:49Published
It's raining foam! Mesmerizing footage shows fire suppression test in aircraft hangar [Video]

It's raining foam! Mesmerizing footage shows fire suppression test in aircraft hangar

Hypnotic video shows Turkish Airlines testing its foam fire suppression system in aircraft hangar

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 01:17Published

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