"Istanbul is a city in the hearts of all its people. It is where the two largest continents meet, and it is the jewel, wealth, and student of the Turkish people."

(Mustafa Kemal Ataturk)

"Istanbul is the only city that could be the capital of the world because it is also the center of the universe."

(Baron De Tott)

"Whoever runs Istanbul runs the whole world. Because of this, it is important to get as close as possible to Istanbul."

(Peter the Great was the Russian tsar)

"Istanbul's mesmerizing rhythm shows how well the styles of Asia and Europe work together."

(French Baroness D. de Fontmagne -1856)

"Europe and Asia have always met in Istanbul, which has always been a magical, almost holy place." Istanbul is the most beautiful place in the world, no doubt about it."

(Gerard De NervaI)

"Istanbul is a great beauty that everyone loves. Poets, archaeologists, diplomats, merchants, princesses, sailors, and people from the North and South all feel the same way about it. Everyone thinks that this city is the most beautiful place in the world."

(Edmondo De Amicis)

"This is the city of Istanbul, and there is nothing else like it.

"A stone of it is worth more than the whole world."

(Turkish Poet Nedim)

"If there was only one country in the world, Istanbul would be the capital."

(Napoleon Bonaparte)

"The Golden Horn, the Marmara Sea, and the Bosporus are what make Istanbul so beautiful."

(By Andrea Horn)

"There is no other city in the world that is built on such a useful piece of land as Istanbul."

(Pedro, a traveler from Spain)

"If I was going to see the world for the last time, I'd like to do it from the Camlica Hill in Istanbul," someone once said.

(Alphonse de Lamartine)

"Every city in the world will die, but I think Istanbul will last as long as people do."

(Petrus Gyllius)

"Oh, Istanbul! You are the most beautiful of the beautiful."

(Pierre Loti)

"There is no other place in the world that is more beautiful. With its big domes and beautiful countryside, Istanbul is the most beautiful city in the world.

(Lady Dorina Neave of Great Britain)

"There isn't a more beautiful place in the world than Istanbul."

(Lady Dorina's wife)

"The most beautiful city a person could think of is Istanbul."

(Sir Henry Layard, who is the British ambassador)

"Istanbul is the real world capital.

It has the best location of any place in the world."

(Joseph Heller)

"All of the world's cities could disappear, but Istanbul will live on in the hearts of men and women forever."


"Those who said there wasn't a city"

in the world as beautiful as Istanbul were right."


"No brush or pen could do justice to the beauty of Istanbul's scenery."

(French Poet Alphonse de Lamartine)

"Every writer from the past and the present knows that Istanbul is the most famous place in the world."

(Inciciyan, an Armenian geographer)

"A unique city that connects the East and West in a beautiful way and gives people freedom in every way..."

(Mrs. Max Muller)

"Minarets that reach for the sky and hundreds of lead domes."

are put in nature in a way that is mesmerizing."

(German General Moltke, 1835)

"You can't find a different country or sea.

This city will come after you.

(Konstantinos Kavafis)

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