Istanbul is the only city to exist on two continents, where Europe meets Asia. It is also where conservative meets liberal, and modern duels with ancient. At Fatih's Wednesday market, shoppers fill bags with produce and home goods. Fatih is considered to be a traditional, conservative neighborhood. Monique Jaques
Models prepare backstage for the Janucha by Jale Hurdogan show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The semiannual event showcases Turkish designers. Monique Jaques
Patrons enjoy the nighttime view from Mikla's rooftop bar at the Marmara Pera Hotel. Monique Jaques
A transgender couple stages a mock wedding during the city’s Gay Pride Parade. Turkey is the first Muslim-majority nation to allow such events. Perhaps 20,000 attended in 2012. Monique Jaques
A chef slices a ‘döner’ kebab (in Arabic, ‘shawarma’; in Greek, gyro). ‘Döner’ kebabs, made of beef, veal, lamb, or chicken, are often grilled vertically. The horizontal method keeps them moister, some say. Monique Jaques
At Fatih University, a student completes a chemistry experiment. Monique Jaques
Crowds gather at the Spice Market, open since 1664. Among the bestselling spices is saffron, grown in Iran and eastern Turkey. Some vendors now cater to tourists with souvenirs and sweets. Monique Jaques
A girl in a bikini dives off a boat into the Bosphorous. Despite it being the busiest shipping channel in the world, locals still find quiet spots there to relax and beat the summer heat. Monique Jaques
A gypsy wedding parades through the streets of the Fener neighborhood. Tradition calls for the bride's family to show off the presents she receives. Monique Jaques
The Mimolett Restaurant is the only one to have earned a Michelin star here. Founded by chef Murat Bozok, who studied in Paris, it features his Turkish fusion fare. Monique Jaques
The Blue Mosque (in the background), Turkey’s most famous, is the setting for an ‘iftar’ meal at Ramadan, when the day’s fast ends. The electric sign above the mosque says, ‘Welcome, the sultan of eleven,’ referring to the month or Ramadan. Monique Jaques
A boy and his mother wait outside Eyup Mosque. He’s wearing the traditional garment boys wear the morning of their circumcision, an occasion accompanied by many gifts and a feast. Monique Jaques
Subway riders emerge from Maslak station. Mass transit here has long been by ferry; subway construction didn’t begin until 1989. Daily riders now number 130,000. Monique Jaques
The release of the four Afghans, described as low-level detainees, comes as Obama presses Congress to close the military prison camp.
ByMatt Spetalnick, Reuters
Four Afghans held for over a decade at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.