Istanbul is a large city within the boundary of Turkey. However, the Bosphorus Strait divides the city into two parts, one of which is located in Asia, another being a part of Europe. That means that both the country and its main cultural center occupy two continents.

Istanbul is typically considered a European city. The two sides of the city differ from each other: the European part is usually busy, as more business organizations are located there, and the Asian side is calmer and quieter, with a lot of parks, squares and alleys.

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