Was there any other city on the Black Sea that could have surpassed Istanbul in greatness?

Mar 2014
1,877
Lithuania
#31
No, but Danes and Swedes were more easily disposable on sea than Ottomans in 18th century in my opinion. Russians were having bigger means in north than in south. Also Baltic straits are not so narrow as Bospor.
It is not so much that Swedes were disposable, but British kept Baltic straits open during tall ship age because they needed timber from Poland and Lithuania.

P. S. No city on Black sea cost could ever surpass Istanbul, since Istanbul controlled straits. City on Black sea coast would always stay hostage to power that held straits. It was inevitable that most dominant city of the region would be built on the straits.
 

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Ad Honoris
May 2014
16,916
SoCal
#32
It is not so much that Swedes were disposable, but British kept Baltic straits open during tall ship age because they needed timber from Poland and Lithuania.

P. S. No city on Black sea cost could ever surpass Istanbul, since Istanbul controlled straits. City on Black sea coast would always stay hostage to power that held straits. It was inevitable that most dominant city of the region would be built on the straits.
Did the Ottomans not keep the Black Sea straits open as well?

Also, your second point here appears to make sense.