prop. n. the former capital of the Eastern Roman Empire; it was built on the site of ancient Byzantium, and the name was changed to Istanbul by the Turks.
Syn. -- Istanbul, Stambul, Stamboul.
[WordNet 1.5]

The name change was the subject of a humorous song in the 1950's "Istanbul (not Constantinople)":

 Artists: The Four Lads   -- peak Billboard position # 10 in 1953  -- Words by Jimmy Kennedy and Music by Nat Simon  -- (C) Chappell & Co.    Istanbul was Constantinople  Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople  Been a long time gone, Constantinople  Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night   Every gal in Constantinople  Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople  So if you've a date in Constantinople  She'll be waiting in Istanbul   Even old New York  Was once New Amsterdam  Why they changed it I can't say  People just liked it better that way   Take me back to Constantinople  No, you can't go back to Constantinople  Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople  Why did Constantinople get the works?  That's nobody's business but the Turks'



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