Istanbul, the capital of modern Turkey located on the Bosphorus Strait, was once the heart of the great empire of Byzantium. There exists one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Hagia Sophia.
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In Istanbul’s Spice Market, persimmons are split open to reveal their insides that resemble melting rubies. Brown-gold paprika is carefully molded into the shape of a pyramid. Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and cardamom infuse the air with the fragrance of the East.Watch Now >>
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