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Nişantaşı is a quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, comprising neighbourhoods like Teşvikiye, Osmanbey, Maçka and Pangaltı. It includes the stores of world famous brands and has many popular cafés, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. It is a part of the Şişli district. Abdi İpekçi Street, Turkey's most expensive shopping street in terms of lease prices, stretches from the neighbourhoods of Maçka and Teşvikiye to the center of Nişantaşı.

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Levent is one of the main business districts of Istanbul, Turkey, located on the European side of the city. It is a part of the borough of Beşiktaş which is situated to the north of the Golden Horn, at the western shore of the Bosporus strait.

Levent is in direct competition with the nearby Maslak business district for new skyscraper projects. One of the major skyscraper clusters of the city is located here, well hidden behind the hills of the Bosphorus, and not disturbing the atmosphere of the historical peninsula of Istanbul, which is at quite a distance.

Galata Tower
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The Galata Tower (Turkish: Galata Kulesi), also called Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) by the Genoese and Megalos Pyrgos (The Great Tower) by the Byzantines, is located in Istanbul, Turkey, to the north of the Golden Horn. One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a huge, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline on the Galata side of the Golden Horn.

Maiden's Tower (Kız Kulesi) in Istanbul at night
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Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi), also known in the ancient Greek and medieval Byzantine periods as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros), sits on a small islet located in the Bosphorus strait off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location.

General view from Rumeli Hisarı
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Rumeli Hisarı (English: Rumelian Castle) is a fortress located in Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosporus just north of the Bebek district; giving the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.

View of the Ottoman Neo-Baroque style Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus, as seen from the Ortaköy pier square
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Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camisi (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Istanbul, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.

Apse mosaic of the Theotokos (Virgin Mother and Child)
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Virgin and Child: This was the first of the post-iconoclastic mosaics. It was inaugurated on 29 March 867 by Patriarch Photius and the emperors Michael III and Basil I. This mosaic is situated in a high location on the half dome of the apse. Mary is sitting on a throne without a back, holding the Child Jesus on her lap.

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Beşiktaş (pronounced /bɛʃiktɑʃ/ or 'Besh-ik-tash') is a district of Istanbul, Turkey located on the European side of the city, by the coast of the Bosphorus. Beşiktaş district council administers a number of key locations running up the Bosphorus on the European side (from Dolmabahçe Palace up to Bebek) and the land on the hills behind these settlements. Thus, the district includes some of İstanbul's best-known spots, such as Arnavutköy, Bebek, Etiler, Levent (all parts), Ortaköy, Ulus, and Yıldız. Beşiktaş has a population of 191,513 (2007 census).

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A yalı (Turkish: yalı, from Greek yiáli γιαλή (mod. γιαλός), literally "seashore, beach" is a house or mansion constructed at immediate waterside (almost exclusively seaside) in Istanbul and usually built with an architectural concept that takes into account the characteristics of the coastal location.

Haydarpaşa railway station in Istanbul
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Haydarpaşa railway station is a terminus main station of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in Haydarpaşa close to Kadıköy at the Anatolian part of Istanbul, Turkey. International, domestic and regional trains running to east and southbound destinations depart from this major terminal which was built as the terminus of the Istanbul–Baghdad and Istanbul–Damascus–Medina railways during the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

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