Istanbul is one of the most historically important cities on the planet. From the ancient Romans to the modern Turks, the city has been a cultural and trade hub due to its strategic geographical position. Even if the days of the spice trade and gunpowder are over, Istanbul remains a metropolis whose economic and cultural importance should not be overlooked.
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20 Questions: Facts About Istanbul
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Which of the following is NOT a former name of Istanbul?
Which popular flower (that many associate with the Dutch), actually originated in Istanbul?
Which of the below cities has an older subway system than Istanbul?
Now a popular museum, this building has also been a mosque and a Christian Orthodox cathedral. In fact, it was the largest church in the world for 900 years. What is it called?
This tower, built in 1348 to house prisoners of war, now offers incredible, 360 views of the city.
Also known as the Strait of Istanbul, which significant waterway runs right through Istanbul?
Which of the following is NOT a movie that was filmed in Istanbul?
The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest shopping centers in the world. Approximately how many shops does it contain?
Which famous Agatha Christie novel was written while she stayed in Istanbul?
Which large palace, now a museum, served as the administrative centre and residence of the imperial Ottoman court from about 1478 to 1856?
The “Big 3” in Turkiye are the three most successful football clubs in the country, all based in Istanbul. Which of the following is NOT one of those clubs?
Which animal, worshipped by the Ottomans for their hunting abilities and cleanliness, can now be found in large numbers on the streets of Istanbul?
Which colorful mosque in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, has been visited by two Catholic Popes already in the 21st century?
What popular street snack found in Istanbul and across Turkiye is known as a “Turkish bagel” in the USA?
True or False? Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits on two continents.
True or False? Istanbul hosted the summer Olympics in 1952.
True or False? Istanbul is the capital of Turkiye.
True or False? Istanbul is the most populated European city.
True or False? One of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul is a large, carved Medusa head in an ancient underground water cistern.
True or False? Istanbul is notably built on five hills, each topped by imperial mosques.
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Need to brush up on your Istanbul facts? We’ve got answers to the quiz – and more – in a blog post full of fun facts about Istanbul.