Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus Strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province), both hosting a population of around 14.7 million residents. Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities and ranks as the world's 7th-largest city proper and the largest European city.
- If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.
- Whoever possesses Constantinople ought to rule the world.
- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1916, Napoleon In His Own Words (Napoleon Bonaparte), Original work in French by Jules Bertaut, Translated from French by Herbert Edward Law and Charles Lincoln Rhodes, Quote Page 145.
- The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul—enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch at the bottom of the boat when I saw it.
- Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author, interview by Lorna Sage in New Writing, eds. Malcolm Bradbury and Judy Cooke (1992).
- Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.
- Edmondo De Amicis, Constantinople
- Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople. Been a long time gone, oh Constantinople. Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks!
- Turks have long admired the sultan, Mehmet II, for his military triumphs, especially his capture of Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, in 1453.
- Stephen Kinzer, The New York Times, as quoted in "5-century-old Image Of Sultan Enthralls Modern-day Turkey". The Sun-Sentinel. Brainy Quote (26 December 1999).