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Take a look at Istanbul on Tuesday

The sun rises behind the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This former capital of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires spans two continents – Europe and Asia.
The sun rises behind the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This former capital of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires spans two continents – Europe and Asia. Getty Images

Let’s talk Turkey – one of the very few countries with turf in two continents. Moreover, it’s largest city, Istanbul, is also on two continents (Europe and Asia) and has a history that extends through multiple civilizations.

A audio-visual program about it, “Exploring Turkey and its Crossroads of Cultures,” is on tap Tuesday for the April meeting of Charlotte’s Magellan Travel Club. The presentation by Same Crane begins at 7 p.m. April 14 in the fellowship hall, on the second floor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St.

The meeting/program is free and open to the public. The Magellan Travel Club is a Charlotte organization of travel fans; it was organized by Bob Taylor, the veteran traveler/writer who pens the Travel Better column for the Sunday Observer’s travel pages and a same-named blog for www.charlotteobserver.com/travel.

The April show is of special interest to those who love new destinations and old cultures. Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was the capital of the Turkish Ottoman Empire (Muslim), which replaced the Byzantine Empire (Orthodox Christian) which morphed from the Roman (“Constantinople,” meaning “City of Constantine,” was named after the Roman emperor who moved his capital there.

The visual result is a mix of Turkish minarets, Orthodox churches and Roman ruins. Istanbul has always been an entrepot for European-Asiatic trade, and its bazaar is world-famous.

Details on Tuesday’s program: contact Bob Taylor at 704-906-6483 or: Peabod@aol.com.

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