Port of Istanbul
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The Port of Istanbul's history reads like a quick trip through Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure: the Phoenicians had their day, as did the Byzantine, and later Roman emperors, followed by crusaders and sultans. Indeed, the port has been serving as a point of cultural and mercantile exchange some 2,500 years before container shipping was invented. The port, Istanbul's largest, still moves cotton, olives, and fruit – materials that have been traded here for centuries – but today also trades electronics, chemicals and automobiles. Though today the port is ruled over by cranes and goods are measured in containers rather than bushels, history is still alive nearby: a spice bazaar and open air market aren't far off.