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Scripts إسطنبول(Arabic) Истанбул(Avar, Bashkir, Bulgarian, Buryat Cyrillic, Macedonian, Serbian, Tajik, Tatar, Tuvan, Uzbek Cyrillic, Yakut) इस्तांबुल(Hindi) ايستانبول(Malay Jawi) استنبول(Urdu)
Pronounced Pron. IS-tan-bool(Czech, German) is-tan-BUWL(English) IS-tan-buwl(English) EES-TAHN-BOOL(French) is-TAHN-buwl(Hindi) [key · IPA]
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 5/24/2016
From Turkish İstanbul, which comes from a misinterpretation of the Medieval Greek phrase εἰς τὴν Πόλιν (eis tḗn pólin) meaning "to the City", a colloquial name for the city of Constantinople (reflecting its status as the only major city in the vicinity). This is the name of the capital city of Turkey, which was historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople. The area once served as the capital of both the Ottoman and the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empires.