May 02, 2012

The Most Influential Places in History

They are buildings, cities and natural wonders. They house the heights of cultural achievement and offer backdrops for our best ideas. Asked to name the most influential place in history, previous and present TIME 100 honorees reflect on locations that have seen and in some cases helped bring about some of the most transformative moments in human experience.

The bridge between East and West is the only city in the world to be on two continents, Europe and Asia. Formerly Constantinople and Byzantium, it was where the capital of the Roman Empire moved when Rome fell. Future capital of "Eurabia" once the integration of the E.U. toward Turkey, Israel and the Middle East moves the axis of the West back east.

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