Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. It is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region.
The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European (Thracian side), and an Asian (Anatolian side). The city is also divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning what is dubbed in Turkey as the construction project of the decade: a huge canal connecting Turkey's Marmara Sea and Black Sea. It will provide an alternative route to the Bosphorus, one of the world's busiest waterways, which divides Istanbul. But it's provoking outrage in Istanbul. Dorian Jones reports on what Erdogan calls his "crazy project."
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