In the Istanbul district of Eyüp, in Feshane Caddesi, there are still some Ottoman wooden houses. Since Istanbul is the title "European Capital of Culture" in 2010, they have been renovated. Unfortunately not too many wooden houses have survived in the city. On the one hand, this is due to the repeated fires in the last centuries. On the other hand, however, many of the surviving wooden houses were left to decay or deliberately set alight by property speculators. The enormous influx of the Anatolian rural population to Istanbul caused the city to grow to about 15 million inhabitants, housing became scarce and prices exploded.
Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople; see the other names of Istanbul) is the largest city of Turkey and the third largest city in the world. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province.It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.