“Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople” — Jimmy Kennedy, Istanbul, 1953 As the above, profound lyrics demonstrate, Istanbul is not Constantinople.

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The Old City of Istanbul is the oldest part of Istanbul, and the location of most of its historical sights.

Galata, and Beyoğlu further north with its main thoroughfare, the pedestrianized Istiklal Street, and the adjoining Taksim Square is the district of Istanbul north of Sultanahmet/Old City, across the Golden Horn.

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


Along the Bosphorus, the strait that lies between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, and separating Europe and Asia, lies a number of neighborhoods each with a different character, palaces of the late Ottoman period, and parks.

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

The Golden Horn is the district of Istanbul 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 Western Suburbs are a collection of Istanbul neighborhoods, lying west of the city walls of the old city.

This district of Istanbul contains neighborhoods like Elmadağ, Nişantaşı, Kurtuluş, and Şişli …


  • 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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Other Names for Istanbul

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

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