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A campaign ad for Turkey's governing party reads: 'Turkey is ready. The target is 2023. May the stability continue. Let Istanbul grow.'
A campaign ad for Turkey's governing party reads: 'Turkey is ready. The target is 2023. May the stability continue. Let Istanbul grow.'

Source: Flickr/ Alain Bachellier

A chain similar to this one (which spanned the Golden Horn inlet of the Bosporus) used to span the Bosporus itself as a defense to block attacking ships
A chain similar to this one (which spanned the Golden Horn inlet of the Bosporus) used to span the Bosporus itself as a defense to block attacking ships

Source: Public Domain

A large ship passing ferries on the Bosporus, a common occurence
A large ship passing ferries on the Bosporus, a common occurence
A medieval shipwreck uncovered during archaeological excavations for the Marmaray tunnel project beneath the Bosporus
A medieval shipwreck uncovered during archaeological excavations for the Marmaray tunnel project beneath the Bosporus

Source: Flickr/ Andrew Barclay

A rendition of Canal Istanbul as presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party
A rendition of Canal Istanbul as presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party

Source: Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party)

A rendition of Canal Istanbul as presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party
A rendition of Canal Istanbul as presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party

Source: Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party)

A rendition of Canal Istanbul presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party
A rendition of Canal Istanbul presented by Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party

Source: Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party)

An 1853 cartoon shows European statesmen discussing the future of the Ottoman Empire, which is portrayed as the 'Sick Man of Europe.'
An 1853 cartoon shows European statesmen discussing the future of the Ottoman Empire, which is portrayed as the 'Sick Man of Europe.'

Source: Punch Magazine

An Ottoman stamp commemorating the Ottoman victory at Gallipoli during the First World War
An Ottoman stamp commemorating the Ottoman victory at Gallipoli during the First World War

Source: Public Domain

Construction on the tunnel project under the Bosporus, Marmaray
Construction on the tunnel project under the Bosporus, Marmaray

Source: Flickr/ Henri Bergius

Ferries carrying commuters on Istanbul's Bosporus
Ferries carrying commuters on Istanbul's Bosporus

Source: Yusuf Atalan

Material from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's successful 2011 reelection campaign that says: "A magnificent project, Canal Istanbul" and "Turkey is ready. The target is 2023."
Material from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's successful 2011 reelection campaign that says: "A magnificent project, Canal Istanbul" and "Turkey is ready. The target is 2023."

Source: Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (Justice and Development Party)

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk teaching the new Turkish alphabet in 1928
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk teaching the new Turkish alphabet in 1928

Source: Public Domain

New Zealand soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1915.
New Zealand soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1915.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

The German warship Goeben in the Bosporus before 1917
The German warship Goeben in the Bosporus before 1917

Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), Bild 134-B0024

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Source: Flickr/ Kuwait-Ra'ed Qutena

U.S. President Harry S. Truman delivering his 1947 "Truman Doctrine" speech for the protection of Turkey and Greece
U.S. President Harry S. Truman delivering his 1947 "Truman Doctrine" speech for the protection of Turkey and Greece

Source: Truman Library

Venetian artist Gentile Bellini's 1480 depiction of Fatih Sultan Mehmet II, who conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453
Venetian artist Gentile Bellini's 1480 depiction of Fatih Sultan Mehmet II, who conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453

Source: Public Domain