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- Holy Istanbul! Your name is the most enchanting one of all names which enchants me.
- Pierre Loti
- Istanbul is a magical seal which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.
- Gérard de Nerval.
- All other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist.
- Petrus Gyllius
- If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.
- People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul.
- Either I conquer Istanbul or Istanbul conquers me.
- On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.
- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1 July 1927