Istanbul[is′tan bo̵ol′, -tän-; -bo̵̅o̅l′; Turk is täm′bo̵̅o̅l]
Origin: altered < ModGr 's ten poli < Gr eis tēn polin, lit., into the city
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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.