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    A city steeped in history, intersection between East and West, Europe and Asia

Istanbul, Turkey

Emperor Constantine the Great had once given Christianity authority over the state here in Byzantium which put an end to the heathen cults of the Roman Empire.
An example of further change is the HAGIA SOPHIA. Once a noble symbol of the new Christian dominance, it was turned into a mosque by the Ottoman conquerors. Stirring testimony to their culture include the endless labyrinth of TOPKAPI SERAGLIO and the elegant, light-flooded BLUE MOSQUE.
Beyond it, the ecstasy of the whirling dervishes, a brotherhood seeking to become one with Allah through dancing.