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A short history

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A short history

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The city’s history dates centuries back; founded as Byzantium around 660 BC in today’s Sarayburnu, the city was reestablished in 330 AD as Constantinople. It then served as capital city to four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261) and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). After the Republic of Turkey was founded, Ankara was named capital city.

Istanbul remains one of the world’s largest and historically rich cities today.

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