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Chalcedon was an ancient maritime town of Bithynia, in Asia Minor. It was located almost directly opposite Byzantium, south of Scutari (modern Uskudar) and it is now a district of the city of Istanbul named Kadıköy.
In its early history Chalcedon shared the fortunes of Byzantium. Darius the Great's bridge of boats, built in 512 BC for the Scythian campaign, extended from Chalcedonia to Thrace. Chalcedon was included within the kingdom of Bithynia, whose king Nicomedes willed Bithynia to the Romans upon his death in 74 BC.
Chalcedon suffered somewhat from its proximity to the new imperial capital at Constantinople. First the Byzantines and later the Ottoman Turks used it as a quarry for building materials for Constantinople's monumental structures. Chalcedon also fell repeatedly to armies attacking Constantinople from the east.
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Today Kadikoy provides a glimpse into the real Istanbul of today. Home to more than half a million inhabitants, this jewel on the Asian side of Istanbul somehow still manages to be both lively and laid back at the same time. It is a pleasant place for shopping and coffee experience.

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