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  1. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Its commercial and historical centre lies in the European part of Eurasia, while about a third of its population lives in the Asian part. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms the largest urban agglomeration in Europe as well as the largest in the Middle East, and the sixth-largest city proper in the world. Istanbul's vast area of 5,343 square kilometers is coterminous with Istanbul Province, of which the city is the administrative capital. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus strait in northwestern Turkey between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
  2. Istanbul a.k.a. Istanbul Province is a province located in north-west Turkey. It has an area of 5,343.02 km² and a population of 13,854,740. It is surrounded by the provinces of Tekirdağ to the west, Kocaeli to the east, the Black Sea to the northern part and the Sea of Marmara to the south. The Bosphorus Strait divides the province in two parts: the European side and the Asian side. Roughly 3.85 million people live on the Asian side in 2010 census, and 9.4 million on the European side.
    • also known as İstanbul, Constantinople, İstanbul Vilâyeti, İstanbul İli, Istanbul Vilayeti
    • country: Turkey
    • capital: Istanbul

There are other places with in their name, like Istanbul University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Kultur University, Istanbul Kültür University, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul Technical University.


  1. "Istanbul" is a song by English singer Morrissey. It is the fourth track on his World Peace Is None of Your Business album and was released as the second single off the album via digital download on 20 May 2014, through Harvest and Capitol Records.
  2. "Istanbul" is a musical album of Wax Poetic.
    • also known as İstanbul
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Istanbul" is a musical album of Anthony Braxton.
    • released in (20 years ago)


"Istanbul" a.k.a. "Istanboul" is a play by Rochelle Owens.


  1. "Istanbul" is a 1957 American adventure-drama film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Errol Flynn, Cornell Borchers and John Bentley. It is a remake of the film Singapore with the location of the action moved to Turkey.
  2. "Istanbul" a.k.a. "Isztambul" is a 2011 drama film written and directed by Ferenc Török.
  3. "Istanbul" a.k.a. "Istambul" is a 2011 short animated film directed by İdil Ar.
  4. "Istanbul" is a 2013 short film.
    • released in
  5. "Istanbul" is 2013 short animated film.
    • country: Turkey
    • genre: Animation
    • released on


  1. Istanbul is a board game designed by Rüdiger Dorn and illustrated by Andreas Resch and Hans-Georg Schneider, published in 2014 by Pegasus Spiele.
  2. Istanbul a.k.a. Istanboul is a 1965 theater production of the play by Rochelle Owens. Florence Tarlow won an Obie award in 1966 for her performance in this production.
  3. Istanbul is the tenth novel in the long-running Nick Carter-Killmaster series of spy novels. Carter is a US secret agent, code-named N-3, with the rank of Killmaster. He works for AXE – a secret arm of the US intelligence services.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Istanbul

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Google previewThe Legacy of the Ninth (2008)

by Paul Anthony

Istanbul is a beautiful place to be a managing director of a false company, thought Crosby. The city was an attractive location to set up a company that traded legitimately and was funded by the British Government entirely as a cover for more ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire (2001)

by Eric Nelson

Roamin' the Romans Istanbul is a wonderful, stewing city, piled with layers of history and culture and constantly mixing east and west at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Spending time there means experiencing Byzantium, Nova Roma, ...

Google previewStrategic Place Branding Methodologies and Theory for Tourist Attraction (2016)

by Bayraktar, Ahmet, Uslay, Can

Today's Istanbul is a grand metropolitan center which goes through urbanization and a rapid transformation in social and economic structure (Cengiz, 2005). Istanbul has a population of approximately 12 million and is the greatest and most ...

Google previewMeccanomics (2010)

by Vali Nasr

What separates Gaza, south Beirut, and Sadr City from the plight of Cairo or Istanbul is that in the latter two places there is a functioning state. No single Islamic organization of the like of Hamas, Hezbollah, or the Sadr movement can step ...

Google previewPowerful Political Women (2012)

Stirring Biographies of Some of History's Most Powerful Women by Joan McMahon Flatt

Today, the city is called Istanbul. When the great Roman Empire fell in A.D. 476, the eastern sector ofwhat remained became the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople was designated the capitol. Religious and political factions vied with each ...

Google previewThe Byzantine Empire (2012)

by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst

Today Constantinople is called Istanbul, and it is a thoroughly modern city in Turkey. Islam has replaced Christianity as the guiding religion. But the city is still a bridge between Europe and Asia. And because so many traditions persist from ...

Google previewGhost Train to the Eastern Star (2009)

On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

For a Turk, Istanbul is an extension of Turkish culture and the Turkish personality, reflecting its conflicts, ob- sessions, and character traits. Its complex and glorious history is evident in many of its buildings, glimpses of Byzantium and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J Gordon Melton

Istanbul to idolatry. Much more damage was done in 1204, when frustrated Crusaders from Western Europe sacked the city and took charge for the next half century. Though reconstructed after 1261, much of the church's former glory never ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Islam (2013)

by Ian Richard Netton

ISTANBUL. Capital of the Ottoman Empire as Constantinople (ad 1453–1923), ancient Byzantium, and also called Qu(n)staniyya and many other honorific titles, now largest conurbation in Turkey and of great historical importance. Strictly ...

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The first thing I learned at school was that some people are idiots; the second thing I learned was that some are even worse. (Orhan Pamuk)
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Scrabble value of I1S1T1A1N1B3U1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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