Turkey is a large country in western Asia a mostly mountaineous territory bordering the Mediterranean sea and the Black sea. Its territory has been settled since prehistoric times and has seen a succession of several major civilisations. Starting from the 10th century Turkish tribes originating from central Asia came and settled into the territory. In 1453 the Turks conquered Costantinople (now named Istanbul) and completed the conquest of the Turkish peninsula. In the 16th and 17th centuries Turkey was a major regional power which later entered a slow phase of decline. In 1923 the current republic of Turkey was proclaimed by Kemal Atatürk. Turkey is populated by a mix of ethnic groups of which the Turks are the largest one. It's economy enjoyed a phase of high growth between 2000 and 2007, averaging 7% annually. Turkey's economy now sports a well depeloped industrial sector, centered around the western part of the country.
01 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 02 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 03 Hagia Sophia and Blue mosque domes 04 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque dome and minaret
05 Lawn and Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 06 Pink building near Hagia Sofia 07 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 08 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque
09 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 10 Inner court of Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 11 Inner court of Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque 12 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque domes
13 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque minaret 14 Gazebo in park 15 Gazebo in park 16 Sultan Ahmed Blue mosque minarets 17 Christian church
18 Panoramic view of Golden Horn with Hagia Sophia, the Blue mosque and Topkapi palace 19 Topkapi palace
20 Panoramic view of Golden Horn with Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque and Topkapi palace 21 Panoramic view of Golden Horn with Hagia Sophia and Blue mosque
22 Yeni mosque at sunset 23 Yeni mosque at sunset 24 Yeni mosque at dusk 01 Hagia Sophia
02 Hagia Sophia 03 Hagia Sophia 04 Minarets 05 Interior view 06 Interior view
07 Interior view of apse 08 Loge of the Sultan 09 Mihrab in apse 10 Interior view 11 Upper gallery
12 Interior view 13 Jesus image in Deesis mosaic 14 Jesus image in Deesis mosaic 15 John Baptist image in Deesis mosaic
16 Deesis mosaic with Virgin Mary, Jesus and John Baptist 17 Comnenus mosaic 18 Empress Zoe mosaic 19 Interior view with mosaics and Islamic symbols
20 Interior view with mosaics and Islamic symbols 01 Taksim square 02 Monument on Taksim square 03 Red tram on Taksim square
04 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue 05 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue 06 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue 07 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue 08 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue 09 Doner Kebab restaurant in Istiklal avenue
10 Galata tower 11 Galata tower 12 St Anthony of Padua cathedral 13 Istiklal avenue 14 Panoramic view of Beyoglu
15 Panoramic view of Beyoglu 16 Panoramic view of Beyoglu 01 Bosphorus strait 02 Bosphorus strait with cruise ship and Golden Horn
03 Golden Horn at sunset 04 Galata bridge 05 Party on building roof 06 Ferry boat
07 Men fishing on Galata bridge 08 Restaurants below Galata bridge 09 Restaurants below Galata bridge 10 Duty free shop neon lights in Istanbul airport
11 Planes in Istanbul airport 12 Duty free shop in Istanbul airport 13 Hall in Istanbul airport 01 Nuts and dried fruits shop
02 Nuts and dried fruits shop 03 Wooden handcarts 04 Wooden handcarts 05 City walls 06 Dried tomatoes and aubergines
07 Great mosque square 08 People on great mosque square 09 Hasan Pasha bazaar entrance 10 Gold jewellery shop
11 Gold jewellery shop 12 Hasan Pasha bazaar 13 Melik Ahmet street 14 People on chairs 15 Dark alley
16 Ziya Gökalp museum 17 Cat 18 Parli Safa mosque 19 Parli Safa mosque 20 Parli Safa mosque
21 Parli Safa mosque 22 Parli Safa mosque 23 Parli Safa mosque 24 Iskender Pasha mansion
25 Iskender Pasha mansion 26 Iskender Pasha mansion 27 İskender Pasha mosque 28 Wall paintings 29 Wall paintings
30 Cahit Sitki Taranci museum 31 Great mosque 32 Great mosque 33 Great mosque colonnade
34 Great mosque colonnade 35 Great mosque inner court
36 Great mosque inner court 37 Great mosque 38 Great mosque 39 Great mosque
40 Firin-ci Sur restaurant 41 Firin-ci Sur restaurant 42 Chicken kebab 43 Nuts and dried fruits shop
44 Nuts and dried fruits shop 45 Semolina Halva ice cream dessert 46 Semolina Halva ice cream dessert 47 Semolina Halva ice cream dessert 48 Post office
49 Citadel Saray Kapisi 50 Citadel interior 51 Citadel interior
52 Citadel interior 53 Citadel museum
54 Citadel museum 55 Tigris river plains
56 Citadel walls 57 Citadel walls 58 St George church 59 Citadel museum
60 Forum Diyarbakir shopping mall 61 Forum Diyarbakir shopping mall 62 Forum Diyarbakir shopping mall 63 Forum Diyarbakir shopping mall
64 Airport hall
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