Street Scene, Constantinople, Turkey

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Constantinople (kn-stn´ t-n´ pl) is on the western side of the Bosporus (bs´ p-rs). The Bosporus is a strait of water some 18 miles long connecting the Black Sea with the sea of Marmora (mär´ m-rå). If you look at your map you will see that the Sea of Marmora is connected with the Ægean (-j´ n) Sea, a branch of the Mediterranean (md´ -tr-´ n-n). The city is favorably located as a center of commerce. Its harbor, too, about the Golden Horn, is large and deep. The city is on the main roadway between Asia and Europe. Its capture by the Turks led to the discovery of America. Constantinople is a city of about 1,125,000 people, or about twice the size of Cleveland. It was founded by the Greeks 700 B. C., and was then called Byzantium (b-zn´ sh-m). It later belonged to the Romans. One of the emperors, Constantine, made it the capital of the Roman Empire. It is from this emperor that its name comes. The city was captured by the Turks in 1453. The Turks made it the capital of their empire also. It is a very important port, its combined shipping amounting in 1912 to $103,000,000. It exports grains, silk, opium, gum, wool, and hides. This scene tells many things about the city. The streets are made of rough cobblestones over which long-horned oxen pull their heavy carts. Donkeys with panniers strapped to their backs, go in single file, guided by a Turkish driver. Most of the people are Turks, but the population is made up of Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks, Jews-almost every race is represented. Observe the double-deck street cars with their queer overhead covers. Constantinople is sometimes referred to as the city of dogs, because so many of them run loose in the streets. Keystone ID: 7178 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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