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Two watchers on two sides of a creek

They are jailing a big dark lake

Three hooks seal the ancient mouth

Keep the east in west and north in south

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Is it

Istanbul?

Two watchers on two sides of a creek

Istanbul is located on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait.

They are jailing a big dark lake

Istanbul controls the entrance to the Black Sea.

Three hooks seal the ancient mouth

There are three bridges across the Bosphorus Strait.

Keep the east in west and north in south

Constantinople has historically been an important point of connection between Western and Eastern civilisations, and between Russia and the Middle East.

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    $\begingroup$ Congratz! Every single analysis is correct. $\endgroup$ – btw Dec 17 '17 at 17:22
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking of Istanbul too but the none of the lines seemed correct to me. Seems I was wrong. Congrats! $\endgroup$ – Napoleon of Puzzling Dec 17 '17 at 17:24
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Not sure of this answer -

Could the city be

Aswan?

Two watchers on two sides of a creek

Possibly the Aswan dam (although why the Nile would be called a creek is beyond me).

They are jailing a big dark lake

Lake Nasser?

Three hooks seal the ancient mouth

????

Keep the east in west and north in south

The Nile flows from south to north. So the ancient Egyptians thought that up(N) was down(S) (on the map). Therefore, E would be W.

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  • $\begingroup$ A good approach right there, but it's not the answer! Of course, "creek" in the riddle is used symbolically. $\endgroup$ – btw Dec 17 '17 at 16:56

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