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10 Unnecessary Information About Istanbul

8 Jun 2007  If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.
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Random information about Istanbul. Things you will never get from a guide book.

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  • 1. If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • 2. The name. Istanbul.

    Historically known as Byzantium and later Constantinople. Ottoman Turks named the city "Konstantiniyye" (Constantine's City).

    The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, however Constantinople was officially renamed Istanbul by the Republic of Turkey only in 1930.

    Actually the name Istanbul was derived from "Eis tin Poli", meaning "to or at the City" in Greek.

  • 3. What is Bosphorus?

    "The Bophorus" separates the European part (Rumeli) of Turkey(and of Istanbul) from its Asian part (Anatolia). Istanbul is the only city in the world divided in two by the sea. When you are in Istanbul, please keep in mind that Bosphorus is not a river.

  • 4. Rumeli - Anadolu

    "Rumeli" literally translates as "land of the Romans", in reference to the Byzantine Empire.
    Anatolia or Anatoli means "Rising of the Sun" or "East".

  • 5. If ever Turkiye become a member of EU

    Istanbul will be the most populous city of EU with more than 11.000.000 people.

    The second will be London with 7.684.000 people and the third Berlin with 3.405.000 people.

  • 6. The world's second-oldest subway

    Istanbul's Tünel (1875) is the world's second-oldest subway line after London's Underground.
    The funny thing is that after Tunel, the new subway system in Istanbul was initiated in 1992 and was completed in 2000 and has just 6 stations.

  • 7. Ever heard of Istanbul cymbals?

    Istanbul is famous also with its cymbals. Istanbul cymbals (known also as "Zildjiler") established by two cymbalsmiths, Mehmet Tamdeger and Agop Tomurcuk, are made by hand and collectors' items.

  • 8. WW II and Istanbul? The relevance?

    The roof of Tophane Fountain at Tophane is made by the lead used in the X-Ray room of the hospital-ship of Red Cross, which has been bombarded at Pearl Harbor at WW II.

  • 9. Istanbul is the first city where a man was able to fly.

    The first man who was able to fly was an Ottoman scientist, from Istanbul, known as "Hazerfan Ahmet Celebi". He departed from the Galata Tower on the European side of Istanbul, and arrived to the Asian side, flying over the Strait of Bosporus with artificial wings he constructed at 17th century. It is known that Hazerfan Celebi used drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, who tried to fly, but in vain, even before Hazerfan.

  • 10. Naming the city

    To show our affection we, Istanbouliotes call the city "Aziz Istanbul", which means "Saint Istanbul".

  • 11. One last thing… and this is about Turkiye.

    When Ezan (the call for prayer that you will hear from Camiis) starts, in this country where the %99 of the habitants are muslims, %98 of the people around you do not understand a single word of it. The reason? Ezan is in Arabic, but we do speak Turkish.