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The shorshoreline of both the old and new cities lie along the northern, European bank of the Bosphorous, the narrow strait that separates Europe from Asia. Two enormous suspension bridges now span these overcrowded waters, in which tour boats, ferries, supertankers and fishing vessels struggle for space in the overcrowded waters. From all of them you see the Istanbul skyline, one of the most spectacular in the world. Tours up the Bosphorous include numerous notable buildings, including the Sultans' 19th-century Dolmabahçe Palace. On the far, Asian shores lie Uskudar (Scutari), where Florence Nightingale cared for the sick during the Crimean War; the fascinating Ottoman summer palace of Beylerbeyi; and a whole series of lovely villages full of fish restaurants and fine old mansions, built by the 19th-century aristocracy. Looming at each other across the water are numerous Byzantine and Ottoman castles, including Rumelihisar and Anadoluhisar.
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