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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Istanbul's isle of diversity | csmonitor.com

"Istanbul's isle of diversity
A vestige of Turkey's multicultural past, Muslims, Jews, and Christians coexist happily on the Princes Islands.
By Yigal Schleifer
Burgaz lies less than an hour's ferry ride from the urban sprawl of Muslim-dominated Istanbul, but the unspoiled island teems with ethnic diversity.

Part of an archipelago known as the Princes Islands, Burgaz and its sister islands have for decades been a summer home for Istanbul's minority communities, especially Jews, Greeks, and Armenians. Indeed, the hilly islands are probably one of the world's few places where a church, synagogue, and mosque happily coexist within walking distance of each other."

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