Everywhere in the Turkish capital is evidence of civilizations that tried to tame it. From the Romans to the Ottomans, this tumultuous city has seen it all, and its architecture, cuisine, and customs reflect that reality. Prowl some of the Grand Bazaar's 2,000 shops and tour some of the world's great buildings--Topkapi Palace, the Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the downtown Spice Market.
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- Ch 401Mythical RoadsWhile Americans have lived the mythical "Conquest of the West", the Russians have known the East one. The Russian "Far East" - known for its extreme geographical situation and climate- has very quickly stirred up the passions of the people. The very last conquered territory was the Amur basin, currently located across the China border and the Vladivostok region.Mythical RoadsOn one side, there's the austere Iran, land of mullahs, Shiite mosques, the cult of martyrs, and women in chadors. It's this paradox, this duality that we'll discover in this ancient Persian empire where a new president, a herald of hope, was elected in June 2013.