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Type Settlement
Scripts إسطنبول(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. /ɪs.tæn.ˈbʊl/(English) /ˈɪs.tæn.bʊl/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From Turkish İstanbul, which comes from a misinterpretation of the Medieval Greek phrase εἰς τὴν Πόλιν (eis ten polin) 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 a city in 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.
Added 5/24/2016 by HL
Edited 10/6/2021 by HL

See Also

User submission İstanbul