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Sultanahmet and the Old City

Many of the city’s greatest sights are to be found in this historic area, which was in turn the centre of Byzantium, Constantinople and Ottoman Stamboul. Archaeologists have dated settlements in this strategic spot at the entrance to the Golden Horn back to the 6th millennium BC, but recorded history begins around 667 BC, when Greek colonist Byzas founded Byzantion on Seraglio Point (now home to the Topkapı Palace). After his arrival in AD 324, Constantine transformed this port into the dazzling jewel of Constantinople, a new capital for the Roman Empire. By 1453, when the Ottomans seized power, the city was run down ...

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