ISTANBUL IS A MEGA CITY THAT SITS IN BOTH EUROPE AND ASIA.
Istanbul is a mega city that sits in both Europe and Asia. It is the largest city in Europe by population. Istanbul is also the 3rd largest European city in size. It was the capital city of the old Ottoman Empire until 1923. The city has been known since ancient times by the older names Byzantium and Constantinople. Being a seaport, Istanbul is the main trade center of Turkey.
Istanbul faces the Golden Horn and the Bosporus strait. The Bosphorus bridge connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, and separates Europe and Asia. The city is actually in both Europe and Asia. One third of the people live on the Asian side. Its population is between 11 and 15 million people, making it one of the largest cities in Europe. Many people migrate to Istanbul every year.
A Football attraction
One of the most popular spectator sports in Istanbul is football. Galatasaraay and Fenerbahce are the two main professional football clubs in the city. The environment lived in during a match is typically known as "The Turkish Hell"