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Bulging mosques with tall spires poke out from hilly Istanbul, possessing the most beguiling and spectacular waterfronts of anywhere. The only city to fall across two continents, Asia and Europe, this is a fascinating modern and historic metropolis. Gaze in awe at its spectacular Bosphorus, and shop the Grand Bazaar. Sample freshly caught fish from its harbour vendors, and find the famed harem of Topkapi Palace.