Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. Straddling the Bosphorus - one of the world's busiest waterways - in northwestern Turkey, its commercial and historical centre lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.
Founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, for nearly sixteen centuries following its re-establishment as Constantinople in 330 AD, the city served as the capital of four empires: the Roman Empire (330–395), the Byzantine Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). Its name was changed to Istanbul in 1930.
The best known song about the Turkish city is Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
, which was originally a hit for The Four Lads in 1953 and later revived by They Might Be Giants. Other tunes inspired by Istanbul include:
"Istanbul" by The Breeders.
"She Took My Soul In Istanbul" by Marc Almond.
"City Of Black & White
" by Mat Kearney.