Turkey – Take a ‘single glance’ at Istanbul

Nineteenth century French writer and politician, Alphonse de Lamartine, said of Istanbul: “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
He was not the only French statesman to fall for the graces of the Turkish city: Napoleon Bonaparte said if the earth was a single state, Istanbul would its capital.
His words have a certain irony to them these days considering Ankara – and not Istanbul – is now the capital of Turkey, but that does not take away from its mystic beauty.
Enjoy our slideshow of the ancient city – and some quotes from those who have admired it.

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  • If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.
    Napoleon Bonaparte
  • If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.
    Alphonse de Lamartine
  • All other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist.
    Petrus Gyllius
  • 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.
    Atatürk
  • Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.
    Edmondo De Amicis
  • 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.
    Gerard De Nerval
  • People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul.
    Chateaubriand
  • Holy Istanbul! Your name is the most enchanting one of all names which enchants me.
    Pierre Loti

One Comment to Turkey – Take a ‘single glance’ at Istanbul

  1. Absolutely beautiful and what interesting quotes. I’ve never been anywhere near Istanbul so found this particularly fascinating.

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