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  • Fra Mon

    The May 10 1556 Istanbul (Constantinople) earthquake | hand colored woodcut depicting damage in Istanbul from the May 10, 1556 earthquake. Hagia Sophia dome and other buildings were heavily damaged, with many fatalities. A comet was sighted on March 5, 1556 and seen for 12 days | printed by Herman Gall in Nuremberg (1556)

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Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul was Constantinople/Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople/Been a long time gone, Constantinople/Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night...

  • Jackie Poulouktsi

    "Istanbul" comes from the Greek "eis stin poli"..."eistinpol" - which means "in the City" the city of course being Constantinopole!

The perfect example of modern meets ancient: Turkey, Istanbul (not Constantinople, now).

sunset, Istanbul, Turkey, photo from national geographic >> Stunning!

Constantinople and Istanbul, Turkey

Ayasofya Istanbul, Turkey (ancient Constantinople) of Bizantine Map

Map of Constantinople (1422) by Florentine cartographer Cristoforo Buondelmonte.

#Stambul to niezwykłe miejsce - to jedno z najludniejszych miast w Europie. Odkrywaj świat z Big-Ative

The City Walls of Constantinople. ** I was going to put this under Asia, or maybe Europe. Maybe Architecture?

  • Alexander Scaramanga

    Sam Pryor: Wikipedia? "Constantinople" Wikipedia article: "The modern Turkish name for the city, İstanbul, derives from the Greek phrase eis tin polin (εις την πόλιν), meaning "into the City" or "to the City". This pattern is used for other Greek cities conquered by the Ottomans (e.g. Izmir, "eis Smyrni"; Iznik, "eis Nikaia") This name was used in Turkish alongside Kostantiniyye, the more formal adaptation of the original Constantinople, during the period of Ottoman rule, while western languages mostly continued to refer to the city as Constantinople until the early 20th century." ( Relevant entry for the "Istanbul" article: "Etymologically, the name İstanbul (Turkish pronunciation: [isˈtanbuɫ], colloquially [ɯsˈtambuɫ]) derives from the Medieval Greek phrase 'εἰς τὴν Πόλιν' (pronounced [is tim ˈbolin]), which means 'to the city'. This reflected its status as the only major city in the vicinity, much in the same way people today often colloquially refer to their nearby urban centers as 'the City'. An alternative view is that the name evolved directly from the name Constantinople, with the first and third syllables dropped." ( This is not a "point of view" thing. There's nothing controversial about the fact that Turks have been claiming pidgin Turkish versions of Graeco-Roman place-names as the "correct" names. It's not some opinion. It's simply so.

  • Turquoise Beauté

    The name of this city is Istanbul (no matter what it means or what origin). It's the official name, orthodox christians won't call it Istanbul because they still think it belongs to them (to bad the reality is different). My city was called Lentia - now it's called Linz (which means absolutely nothing in German) still no one calls it Lentia! Because everyone except Greeks and Serbs knows we are in 21century :)

  • German Sanchez

    Not tone rude or anything but guys what does it matter if he wants to Call it Constantinople???he could call it lazy town for all we care... They're not going to change the name if he calls it Constantinople so don't get all defensive. And turquoise correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't The city still called Constantinople till the early 20th century until the Ottoman Empire fell and modern turkey was established.

  • German Sanchez

    And turquoise what do you have against Greeks and Serbs??? After all the Greeks were the ones who originally founded Constantinople/Byzantium/Istanbul

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Mosaics from the Great Palace of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).

Istanbul lighthouse - Your glory stands above the waves, and when I'm crashing within myself, you are still.