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“Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople” — Jimmy Kennedy, Istanbul, 1953 Istanbul is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty.

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The Old City of is the oldest part of the city, and the location of most of its historic sights.

, and Beyoğlu further north with its main thoroughfare, the pedestrianized Istiklal Street, and the adjoining Taksim Square is the district of north of , across the Golden Horn.

The or the Anatolian Side is the half of that is on the mainland, east of the Bosphorus.


The is the channel that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and separates Europe from Asia; but the term has also come to mean the neighbourhoods of Istanbul that lie along its banks.

An archipelago of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara just off the of , the are a perfect escape whenever the frantic crowds of Istanbul start to overwhelm you.

The is the district of surrounding the banks of the body of water of the same name, which is a bay of the Bosphorus along its western, European coast.

The are a collection of neighborhoods, lying west of the city walls of the .

Istanbul's is a modern district north of .

is in , some 25 km west of downtown Istanbul in European Turkey.


  • Location:  , , , ,
  • Population:  14,700,000
  • Postal code:  34122
  • IATA airport code:  IST
  • Latitude:  41° 2' 13.2" (41.037°) north
  • Longitude:  28° 59' 6.4" (28.9851°) east
  • Elevation:  39 meters (128 feet)
  • Wikidata:  Istanbul
  • Wikimedia Commons:  Istanbul

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Arabic:  اسطنبول Bulgarian:  Tsarigrad Bulgarian:  Истанбул Catalan:  Constantinoble Czech:  Byzantion Dutch:  Constantinopolen English:  Byzantium English:  Constantinople Esperanto:  Konstantinopolo Finnish:  Byzantion French:  Byzance German:  Byzantion Greek:  Βυζάντιο Greek:  Βυζαντιο Greek:  Ισταμπουλ Greek:  Ισταμπούλ Greek:  Κωνσταντινουπολη Greek:  Κωνσταντινούπολη Greek:  στην Πόλι [stimˈboli] Hebrew:  ביזנטיון
Hindi:  इस्तांबुल Hungarian:  Bizánc Hungarian:  Isztambul Hungarian:  Konstantinápoly Icelandic:  Istanbúl Italian:  Costantinopoli Japanese:  イスタンブール Japanese:  ビュザンティオン Korean:  비잔티움 Korean:  이스탄불 Latin:  Byzantium Latvian:  Stambula Low German:  Byzanz Macedonian:  Византија (Vizantija) Old Norse:  Mikligarður Polish:  Istambuł Polish:  Stambuł Portuguese:  Istambul Russian:  Стамбул Serbian:  Истанбул
Slovak:  Byzantion Spanish:  Constantinopla Spanish:  Estambul Swedish:  Byzantion Swedish:  Konstantinopel Swedish:  Micklagård Turkish:  İstanbul Ukrainian:  Стамбул Constantinopoli Constantinopolis Istamboul Konstantinoupolis Kustantiniyah Stamboul Stambul TRIST Κωνσταντινούπολις 伊斯坦布尔

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