:: Kelinci Series : Istanbul : pt 13 ::
another long hiatus from our intrepid explorer Mr. Kelinci – we last saw our wanderlust globe schlepper basking in the sun – today we get a much anticipated update after his dad started his diligent search for his rabble-rousing son.
Seems that Kelinci is still kicking it with his cousin and we now catch up with the pair in the bustling city of Istanbul
Istanbul has an extremely rich history, having been settled possibly as early as 3000 B.C., finding itself a very suitable location to be later gobbled up by the Roman Empire in the early 100’s B.C. By the time 306 AD rolled around, it was crowned the Byzantium capital of the entire Roman Empire by Constantine the Great
You can see the spires of the Hagia Sophia in the background to the left
After barbarous wars, antigovernment riots, the rebuilding of the Hagia Sophia, and the final official relocation of the Ottoman Empire capital to Ankara, Istanbul continues to grow at a staggering rate. The city’s population hovering at 13 Million and receiving over 500K immigrants a year – it is the fifth largest city proper in the world and is a crucial cultural and financial center for the country of Turkey.
if you look closely in the pic below you can spot our favorite troublemaker waiting for the light to change