Istanbul is the most popular tourist destination in Europe

”Woody Allen, like so many Americans, finally succumbed to Europe’s charms, directing tributes to London, Barcelona, Paris and now, ”To Rome with Love.” But maybe Allen should have looked elsewhere — Europe’s most-visited attraction won’t be found among those storied cities. It’s in Istanbul, where 15 million people swarm the Grand Bazaar annually.”  MSNBC

WIKIPEDIA: Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey forming a cultural, historical heart. With a population of 13.5 million, the city is at the center of the second-largest metropolitan area in Europe and among the world’s largest cities by population within city limits. Istanbul’s vast area of 5,343 square kilometers is coterminous with Istanbul Province, of which the city is considered capital. Straddling the Bosphorus, Istanbul is a transcontinental city, with one third of its population living in Asia and its commercial and historical center in Europe.

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