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Hagia Sophia

 

ISTANBUL - THE CROSSROADS OF EUROPE AND ASIA

 

There was a sensational silly song written in 1953 by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon about one of the world's truly great cities. This tune has been recorded by a variety of artists, including Bette Midler, They Might Be Giants,  Ska Cubano and the Four Aces (original). The number has also been featured in the 2003 film, ' Mona Lisa Smile', the Pierce Brosnan episode of The Muppets and  The Simpsons show in which Homer buys an RV. Leave it to Tin Pan Alley to turn centuries of ethnic and religious struggles into a catchy swing-style ditty :-)

 

ISTANBUL

(NOT CONSTANTINOPLE)

 

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Old Constantinople still has Turkish delight on a moonlit night.

Turkish "Battle of the Bands" :-D


Every gal in Constantinople
Is a Miss-stanbul, 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!

Do do do, Istanbul!
Do do do, 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!

Istanbul!

cvanzoen says:
Nice blog and I love the photo's! Have to go there one day but than again that list is sooooooo long (LOL).
Posted on: Jul 05, 2008
Melly_K says:
I LOVE Istanbul :)
Posted on: Jun 16, 2008
Ilke says:
That is one song I like to sing :)
Posted on: Jan 12, 2007
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Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Turkish Battle of the Bands :-D
Turkish "Battle of the Bands" :-D
Bosphorus & Europe view from ship
Bosphorus & Europe view from ship
View from Grand Princess dock
View from Grand Princess dock
Diane displaying panhandling style
Diane displaying panhandling style
Istanbul - capital to 3 empires
Istanbul - capital to 3 empires
Hippodrome area (Horse Square)
Hippodrome area (Horse Square)
Obelisk of Theodosius, Hippodrome
Obelisk of Theodosius, Hippodrome
Obelisk of Theodosius base
Obelisk of Theodosius base
Obelisk of Theodosius (Egyptian)
Obelisk of Theodosius (Egyptian)
Rough Stone Obelisk, Hippodrome
Rough Stone Obelisk, Hippodrome
Blue Mosque-was once interior color
Blue Mosque-was once interior color
Only Turkish mosque with 6 minarets
Only Turkish mosque with 6 minarets
Lined with 20,000+ ceramic tiles
Lined with 20,000+ ceramic tiles
Blue Mosque prayer area (1609-1616)
Blue Mosque prayer area (1609-1616)
Hagia Sophia, Church of Holy Wisdom
Hagia Sophia, Church of Holy Wisdom
Now known as Ayasofya Museum
Now known as Ayasofya Museum
Former Eastern Orthodox church
Former Eastern Orthodox church
Became mosque in 1453, museum-1935
Became mosque in 1453, museum-1935
Shopping outside Topkapi Palace
Shopping outside Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace (Cannongate Palace)
Topkapi Palace (Cannongate Palace)
Gate of Salutations, Topkapi Palace
Gate of Salutations, Topkapi Palace
Mehter band does the janissary step
Mehter band does the janissary step
Ottoman Sultans residence 1478-1853
Ottoman Sultans residence 1478-1853
Palace opened as museum in 1924
Palace opened as museum in 1924
Topkapi full of Ottoman treasures
Topkapi full of Ottoman treasures
Topkapi Chamber of Sacred Relics
Topkapi Chamber of Sacred Relics
Sir, you need to buy this carpet!
Sir, you need to buy this carpet!
Drink up! You REALLY want a carpet!
Drink up! You REALLY want a carpet!
Istanbuls version of Abbey Road?
Istanbul's version of Abbey Road?
Outside the bizarre Grand Bazaar
Outside the bizarre Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar has 4000+ shops
Grand Bazaar has 4000+ shops
One of largest covered markets
One of largest covered markets
Has 250,000-400,000 daily visitors
Has 250,000-400,000 daily visitors
Grand Bazaar constructed in 1464
Grand Bazaar constructed in 1464
Entrance to Dolmabahce Palace
Entrance to Dolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace Imperial Gate
Dolmabahce Palace Imperial Gate
Ottoman admin. center 1853-1923
Ottoman admin. center 1853-1923
14 tons of gold used for ceilings
14 tons of gold used for ceilings
Citys first European-style palace
City's first European-style palace
View from bridge of Ortakoy Mosque
View from bridge of Ortakoy Mosque
Crossing Bosphorus, Europe to Asia
Crossing Bosphorus, Europe to Asia
Camlica Hill Park
Camlica Hill Park
Famous location for bird watching
Famous location for bird watching
View from Asias Camlica Hill
View from Asia's Camlica Hill
Only metropolis on 2 continents
Only metropolis on 2 continents
Cleric enjoying Camlica Hill view
Cleric enjoying Camlica Hill view
Waterfront alley by Ortakoy Mosque
Waterfront alley by Ortakoy Mosque
Painting, Ortakoy Mosque & bridge
Painting, Ortakoy Mosque & bridge
Ortakoy Mosque & Bosphorus bridge
Ortakoy Mosque & Bosphorus bridge
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