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Appeal of Istanbul Although Istanbul is not the capital city of Turkey anymore, it is without a doubt one of the busiest cities in Turkey. There are many factors that result in Istanbul being one of the most fantastic cities in the world, and these include: the climate, both natural and built attractions which attract tourists, Turkish food and drink and the entertainment that is available in the city. One of the most important factors that makes Istanbul a unique city is the geographical location. The west part of the city is in Europe and the eastern part of the city is in Asia. Divided by the Bosporus sea, it is this important key factor of Istanbul that makes it's such a popular destination for tourism, as it is unique. Built Attractions Topkapi Palace Topkapi palace was built by Mehmet the 2nd between 1459 and 1465, making it one of the oldest landmarks in Istanbul. Initially the palace served as the seat of Government and contained a school in which civil servants and soldiers were trained. In the 16th century the Government was moved to the sublime Porte and the palace was abandoned. ...read more.


Once the centre of civic life, the Turks did not build the hippodrome as a tourist attraction, yet with the great history the place contains it has since become one of the most visited places in Istanbul, not just by tourists, but also by schools and the local people of Istanbul. St Sophia Museum Since 1935, St Sophia has functioned as a museum exhibiting some of the world's most famous architectural history, mosaics and Turkish era structures. For these reasons St Sophia Museum attracts visitors from all over the world. The St Sophia Museum is also known as 'Hagia Sophia', as it was once a place of worship for both muslims and previous to this it was a place of worship for Christians. Hagia Sophia was a church for 916 year and a mosque for 481 years. The Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) This tower is the symbol of Istanbul. It is a small cute tower which was established on a small island at the entrance of the 'Bosphorus'. The tower was initially built as a lighthouse, yet within the course of history is now allotted for tourism. Bosphorus A stay in Istanbul is not complete without a traditional and unforgettable boat excursion the Bosphorus. ...read more.


Ingredients: * 500 gr. green peppers (suitable for stuffing) * 2 tablespoons margarine * 1 or 1/2 glass water Filling: * 400 gr. ground meat (without any fat) * 2 tablespoons margarine * 2 medium onions * 1/3 glass rice * 2 large tomatoes * 3/4 glass water * 1 bunch chopped dill * 3 teaspoons salt * 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Cut of the stalks and tops of approximately 12 peppers to form a lid and remove all seeds. Clean and wash the insides of the peppers and leave aside. Put margarine and thinly sliced onions in a pan and saute until the color of the onion changes. Add 3/4 glass water and previously washed rice, and cover. Cook over moderate heat for about 10 minutes. REmove the pan from heat, add the ground meat, chopped dill, black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and knead for about 5 minutes. Pell the tomatoes, cut them into small pieces, add to the mixture and mix them all ingredients together. Stuff the peppers with this mixture, replace the lids of peppers and place in a pan. Add 2 tablespoons margarine, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 or 1 1/2 glasses water, close the lid of the pan and cook for about 40-60 minutes on stove on moderate heat, put into a serving dish and serve. ...read more.

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