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

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


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

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.

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

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


  • 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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