National Geographic : 1915 May
Photo from Edwin A.Grosvenor THE CITY OF CONSTANTINOPLE: LOOKING UP THE BOSPHORUS AT ITS WIDEST POINT "Few cities have equaled Constantinople in importance. None in ancient or modern times have exceeded itindramatic interest. During centuries of the Middle Ages it was the foremost city of the world, surpassing every other in populousness, strength, and beauty, and inthehigh development of its civilization. To the Mussulman it ranks next to Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. TheChristian must regard itwith still greater reverence. It was the first city distinctively Christian, erected by the first Christian emperor on the ruins ofvanquished paganism."-EpwIN A. GROSVENOR.