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Istanbul on Either Side of Bosphorus Strait, Turkey – July 15th, 2011

41.0N 28.9E

July 15th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

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Visible in the center of this image is the Bosphorus, a strait in Turkey that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. The world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, it connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea).

In the full image, the city of Istanbul can be observed on either side of the strait, despite the light cloud cover. Since it extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

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