Best travel quotes about Istanbul


A Lot of people say that there is no place as beautiful as Istanbul city despite the traffic and the crowded places and areas but they are actually right. You cannot be sure why but there is something that keeps fascinate you about this city and the more you stay in it the more you fall in love and to be honest, it is not strange for a city that served as the capital and most important city for world three most powerful empires the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire and until the current day, both historical and natural sights are proofs of what great city Istanbul is.

Istanbul city has stolen the hearts of many poets, writers, philosophers, and even great leaders. All of these people have been really touched by the beauty of this city especially the famous french writer Pierre Loti who used to sit alone at the top of the hill located now in Eyup Sultan district and spends hours watching the beautiful view of the Golden Horn. In fact, this hill is now named after him because he used to sit for a long time and write his poems there.

Here are some of the most famous quotes about Istanbul that are written or said by famous people:

Napoleon Bonaparte:

The French famous leader who is known for his smart plans in French military once said:

“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital”
These words are actually considered as proof of Istanbul city’s importance in the world, because Napoleon Bonaparte was really interested in Istanbul due to its geographical location that connects Europe with Asia which is considered a very important location for world trade.

Alphonse De Lamartine:

The famous French writer, poet, and politician who has played a very important role during the foundation of the second republic once said:

“ if one had but a single glance to give, the world one should gaze on Istanbul”

Alphonse De Lamartine’s most favourite spot in Istanbul city was Camlica hill on the Asian side of Istanbul. This hill view over the Bosphorus and one can see all of Istanbul city when sitting there, it is one of the most breathtaking views in the city that you should really see while having a delicious cup of Turkish coffee or a hot cup of Turkish tea.

Petrus Gyllius:

Petrus Gyllius is a very well known and famous French topographer, scientist, and translation who was active in Istanbul during the period of Byzantine Empire. Petrus Gyllius said:

“ all other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist “

Constantinople was the old name of Istanbul city during the period of the Byzantine Empire, the city was given so many names like Islambol, Constantinople and other names until it finally became Istanbul.


Orhan Pamuk:

Orhan Pamuk is one of the most famous and important writers and poets in Turkey, his writings and novels are known internationally and some of it were actually translated to other foreign languages. Orhan Pamuk is also known for his love of Istanbul city and he once said: “ life can’t be all that bad, i’d think from time to time. Whatever happens i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus”


Edmondo De Amicis:

Edmondo is another famous Italian novelist and writer who was known for his love of Istanbul city. This writer once said:

“ Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archaeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner scream with the same admiration. The whole world think that this city is the most beautiful place on earth “


Fatih Sultan Mehmet:

Fatih Sultan Mehmet or as known in English as Mehmed the Conqueror, is the most famous and important leader in the history of Ottoman Empire. He was very fond of Istanbul city and its beauty. In fact, Mehmed the Conqueror was very touched by Istanbul and has worked his entire life after taking over the city to improve it and make it better and bigger. Fatih Sultan Mehmed famous line before taking Istanbul was:

“ either I conquer Istanbul, or Istanbul conquers me “
This line is still being said when talking about Istanbul city during the Ottoman Empire Period which was a very important period for Istanbul city because of the improvements that happened at that time.


There are many more quotes for many more famous people who literally loved Istanbul city, and until the current day, these quotes are used to describe the city.

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