Works of Istanbul

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The Beylerbeyi Palace

    It was built between 1861 and 1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz. The architect is Sarkis Balyan. It is located between Kuzguncuk and Çengelköy in the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus. Sultan Abdülaziz personally drew ceiling decorations of the palace.

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    The Topkapı Ferry

      Built by Turkish engineers in Camialtı Shipyard in 1970, the Topkapi Ferry is 67.24 meters in length and 21 meters in width with a capacity of 62 cars, 26 trucks and 738 passengers.


      The Ciragan Palace

        It was built in 1872 by Sultan Abdulaziz. The architect is Karabet Kalfa’s son Sarkis Balyan. Most precious stones were used in the construction, and many pieces, including door knockers, were made of pure silver. The building, restored in 1987, is one of the most famous hotels in Istanbul today.


        The Dolmabahçe Palace

          It was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 1848 and 1856. The architect is Garabet Balyan. The palace has an area of 45.000 square meters and its wall are covered with columns and ornaments that are typically in Neoclassical, Empire and Baroque styles. Its frontage, which streches along the quay, is 284 meters with symmetrical prostrusions.


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          The Ertugrul Frigate

            The Ertugrul Frigate, built by Sultan Abdülaziz, was completed in 1861. It was brought down to the sea in front of the sultan and anchored in front of the Dolmabahçe Palace on October 19, 1863. It was chosen to pay a courtesy visit to Japan. On September 16, 1890, returning back from Japan, it sank after crashing onto rocks in Kashinozaki Cape on Oshima Island during a storm.






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            The July 15 Martyrs Bridge

              It was opened in 1973 with the name of Bosphorus Bridge. It is the first bridge connecting Asia and Europe. The distance between the feet of the bridge is 1074 meters and it was constructed with suspension bridge technique. Its width is 33 meters, and its height from the sea level is 64 meters. On the evening of July 15 2016, 248 civilians were martyred on this bridge after traitors, who were attempting a coup, opened fire upon them. The coup attempt was suppressed by the civilian people and the name of the bridge was changed to the July 15 Martyrs Bridge in memory of people who were martyred.

              The Ataturk Airport

                It was opened with the name Yeşilköy in 1938 and it is Turkey’s first airport. The airport’s name was changed to Atatürk International Airport in 1985. It was renovated in 1998 and today it has the world’s fastest built international terminal. The terminal can provide 35 departures and 35 descent services per hour.



                Hagia Sophia

                  The building, which was built in 537, is located in Sultanahmet Square. Hagia Sophia, the most magnificent Byzantine artifact in Istanbul built during the reign of the Eastern Roman Empire, belongs to the First Justinian period. The thin stone minaret was built by Bayezid the 2nd. The thick stone minarets were added by the architect Sinan. The tombs of Selim the 2nd, Murad the 3rd and Mehmed the 3rd are in its garden.

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                  The Haseki Hürrem Bath

                    The Haseki Hürrem Bath, built for Hürrem Sultan in 1556, is between the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum. It is the biggest bath built by the architect Sinan. It was used as a bath for ages, then a gas tank of the municipality, later a warehouse of government printing office. Today, the building is used as a bath again.


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                    The Sadullah Pasha Mansion

                      It is thought to be built in 1770s during the reign of Sultan Selim the 3rd and the architect is unknown. It is believed that the first owner of the mansion was a servant of the palace. However, Sadullah Pasha, who owned the building later, gave the mansion his name. Today, only harem section of the seashore mansion stands. The building carries all the characteristics of traditional Turkish houses.

                      The Northern Sea Field Command Centre

                        First of the shipyard buildings on the Golden Horn shore in Kasimpasa was built by Fatih Sultan Mehmed. The shipyard building that stands today was built during the period of Sultan Abdülaziz. It still serves as the Northern Sea Field Command Centre.

                        The Topkapi Palace

                          The construction of the first buildings of the palace was started by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror between 1461 and 1468. The government’s official ceremonies were conducted here. Today, it serves as the Topkapi Palace Museum and it is one of the most important and richest museums in the world.