The first week of january 2013 we spent exploring and documenting street views of Istanbul. This metropolis covering both, the european and asian, sides of the Bosphorus in north-west turkey has far more sides to show than you would already expect from a former capital of several empires. Besides its full scale history, starting in the Byzantium era with its greek foundation, covering the Constantinople era of late roman times and ending in the Istanbul era of the Turks, today it is foremost a pandemonium of a city – you find it all next to each other: swanky mosques, overcrowded streets, run-down areas with few pedestrians, a Taksim square that is more a construction area than a square, Churches and Synagogues, the biggest Bazaar of the world (I guess), old wooden ottoman villas, the luscious Topkapi Palace, suburbs only consisting of mega-buildings covering the distant shores of the city as well as quite places of peace and elegance on the Adalar Islands. The Istanbul street panoramas that we will work on cover most of these impressions:
# the old town area with its mosques
# the grand Bazaar
# Villas and City Scapes along the Bosphorus
# Ottoman style wooden houses both within the city as well as on the Princes’ Islands (Adalar)
# run-down streets in the old jewish and greek quarters Balat and Fener
# Istiklal Caddesi on the Beyoglu side, maybe the most crowded shopping street of europe
# Kasimpasa residential area streets
Finalized and published street views will emerge in this overview:
Currently in preparation are the following panoramas:
Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Of course you can find the streets we documented marked with yellow ticks in our worldmap.
Below you find a set of more architectural impressions from Istanbul.