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Istanbul definition by Webster's New World
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seaport in NW Turkey, on both sides of the Bosporus: pop. 8,260,000: former name Constantinople; ancient name Byzantium
Origin: altered ; from Modern Greek 's ten poli ; from Classical Greek eis tēn polin, literally , into the city
Istanbul definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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The largest city of Turkey, in the northwest part of the country on both sides of the Bosporus at its entrance into the Sea of Marmara. Founded c. 660 B.C. as Byzantium, it was renamed Constantinople in A.D. 330 by Constantine the Great, who made it the capital of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire. The city was sacked by Crusaders in 1204 and taken by the Turks in 1453. Istanbul was chosen as the official name in 1930. Population: 8,800,000.
Istanbul - Cultural Definition
- Formerly called Byzantium, then Constantinople, the city was the capital consecutively of the eastern branch of the Roman Empire, of the Byzantine Empire, and of the Ottoman Empire.
- It is the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church.