a whore 

A Great City – 

A fit with Babylon the Great.  Constantinople is fallen, is fallen, and can be found no more at all.  This is a mystery and likely to remain so.  It had seven mountains, many waters, and many merchants.  Constantinople is the only city with all these characteristics.  All the numbers are there: a thousand, 666, ten, and seven.  It fits with history.   

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a mystery 

A River Runs Through It 

A city with “many waters” needs more than a river.  It needs merchants who need a place to park their boats.  Rome was not a mystery and the Tiber river is no place to park your boat.  Constantinople was and is a mystery and likely to remain so.  She didn’t have seven hills until Theodosius II extended her walls in the fifth century to include a seventh hill.