Dominique David

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In turn capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, of the Byzantine Empire, and of the Ottoman Empire –during which it is also know as the "Sublime Porte" (Sublime Gate)- Constantinople was stripped of its capital status to Ankara's profit when the Turkish Republic was proclaimed. It officially became Istanbul.


Beyond the Bosphorus and away from the popular Mediterranean beach resorts, a little known Turkey mostly provincial and rural, lives to the rhythm of the Anatolian plateaux and mountains. From the volcanic region of Cappadocia and its singular landscapes to Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest peak, many vestiges subsist of the various cultures which bloomed there.