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Though it is often remarked that Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, it is really Istanbul that does the straddling: It is really Istanbul that does the straddling: The vast bulk of the country resides comfortably on the Asian side. European IstanbulMoreThough it is often remarked that Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, it is really Istanbul that does the straddling: It is really Istanbul that does the straddling: The vast bulk of the country resides comfortably on the Asian side. European Istanbul is separated from its Asian suburbs by the Bosporus, the narrow channel that connects the Black Sea, north of the city, to the Sea of Marmara, to the south. (From there it is only a short sail to that superhighway of the ancient world, the Aegean.) The European side of Istanbul is itself divided by a body of water, the Golden Horn, an 8-km-long (5-mi-long) inlet that separates Old Staboul, also called Old Istanbul, from the new town, known as Beyoglu. The Byzantines once stretched an enormous chain across the mouth of the Golden Horn in hopes of protecting their capital from naval attack. The tactic worked for a time but ultimately failed, after the young Ottoman sultan Mehmet II (ruled 1451-81) had his ships dragged overland from the Bosporous and dropped in behind the chain.Fodors eBooks bring you the best travel information in an exciting new way. The coverage is selective and includes choices for all budgets -- the best things to see and do, and the top places to stay and eat. The advice is priceless -- from travel experts who live in the place youre visiting. And the format is ideal for travelers on the go -- easy to read, interactive, and available right on your PDA, making planning a snap wherever you are.Special features allow you to link from the text to additional information, interesting tidbits, dining and lodging pr Fodors Ebook Istanbul by Fodors Travel Publications Inc.