Mug Shot — «Istanbul - Bosphorus Bridge»

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Starbucks City Mug Istanbul - Bosphorus Bridge

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 13.5 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe and is among the largest cities in the world by population within city limits. Istanbul's vast area of 5,343 square kilometers is coterminous with Istanbul Province, of which the city is the administrative capital. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world's busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history. For nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the last caliphate. Although the Republic of Turkey established its capital in Ankara, palaces and imperial mosques still line Istanbul's hills as visible reminders of the city's previous central role. Istanbul's strategic position along the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have helped foster an eclectic populace, although less so since the establishment of the Republic in 1923. Overlooked for the new capital during the interwar period, the city has since regained much of its prominence. The population of the city has increased tenfold since the 1950s, as migrants from across Anatolia have flocked to the metropolis and city limits have expanded to accommodate them. Arts festivals were established at the end of the 20th century, while infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network. Seven million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2010, when it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world's tenth-most-popular tourist destination. The city's biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district. Considered a global city, Istanbul hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets and accounts for more than a quarter of the country's gross domestic product.

The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge is one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey, spanning the Bosphorus strait and thus connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck hangs on zigzag steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,074 m and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m. The Bosphorus Bridge had the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1973, and the longest outside the United States. At present, it is the 19th longest suspension bridge span in the world.

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edited by mobydick74

  Turkey, Istanbul, 08 Icon Edition

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Coolinaria   24 May 2012

Does anybody know what's going on here in Turkey with the mugs? I have been to 5 SBs and they do not have any local city mugs?!

Coolinaria   24 May 2012

Does anybody know what's going on here in Turkey with the mugs? I have been to 5 SBs and they do not have any local city mugs?!

Erol   24 May 2012

I'm having the same problem! I have family in Izmir, Ankara and Antalya and they haven't been able to get them for me in months!

vanishevo   23 Jun 2012

I was just in Turkey for a holiday. There was no mugs at both Izmir and Istanbul.

vanishevo   24 Jun 2012

Does anybody want to trade for any Australian mugs?

Kostas   28 Jun 2012

Still no city mugs in any cafe in Turkey!

hande   17 Jul 2012

there is a problem about importing with China about mugs.. SB manager In Turkey is trying the solve this problem.. what they said to me :)

mobydick74   19 Jul 2012

I hear that story since 7 months handeIt is not about import from other planet I suppose :)

Vadi Girl   06 Aug 2012

After almost 2 years, Starbucks mugs are now back on the market in Turkey! I've seen Istanbul, Ankara and Turkey all fully stocked in the last two weeks. Yahoo!

Wumme0815   06 Aug 2012

I am interested in Turkey if someone can arrange it.

Cristine   07 Aug 2012

@ Vadi girl, Can you help me with the Turkey mugs? email me at thanks.

ozan   08 Sep 2012

I can arrange for the one's who are interested. We can trade or just sell.They start to sell in Starbucks located at AHY airport both domestic and int departments.

Joe   08 Nov 2012

@Ozan @Vadi_Girl, I would love to buy / trade for an Istanbul mug. I was in Istanbul is May and I couldn't find them anywhere! Please email me at to arrange something! Thanks! :)

Trixie   27 Nov 2012

I would like to buy an Istanbul mug- or trade a Florida Mug. Please email me at Thanks!

Bor   04 Jan 2013

Some stores say it's sold out again,Ortakoy has many

colturk   11 Jul 2013

There is none in Istanbul Stocks at the moment. After 2 weeks its expected, I will let you know.

elle   13 May 2014

I have extra mugs 2008 global icon edition: germany, madrid, thailand, phuket, bangkok, pattaya, chiang mai, china, macao and hong kong.
i accept all 2008 global icon edition
if someone is interested to trade one or more mug please email me at:
thanks to all muggers/traders

Len   30 Apr 2015

@ozan and @vadi_girl pls help me have that istanbul and other mugs from turkey. we can trade or maybe i can buy them from you. Pls email me thanks.