Istanbul, the Bosphorus - Photo Plisson

Istanbul, the Bosphorus

Istanbul, city and principal port of Turkey, lies on both banks of the Bosphorus Strait. This arm of the sea is an important sea-lane between the Sea of Marmara, antechamber of the Mediterranean and Black Sea. But on those waters, classified by international maritime field, the assistance of a pilot is not required… Despite the narrowness of the channel, the presence of strong currents, the volume of traffic and the dangerousness of certain cargoes (Black Sea oil or liquefied gas), making it one of the most treacherous passages of the world where accidents occurred serious, such as ship collision with the shore or between them.

But the Bosphorus is not just a maritime highway. You can also admire its banks adorned with beautiful homes during a little cruise. The houses, in ruins for some, reflect the fortunes of their owners, while the architecture tells the mixture of cultures that have shaped the scenery of this arm of the sea

The Bosphorus lies between two worlds. One of its sides is in Europe and one in Asia. Replacing the former Byzantium, Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire from 395, became Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1453 to 1923. From its past history, the city retains a cosmopolitan population and towering monuments, including Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia, first Christian during nine centuries and then Muslim for over 500 years. A perfect illustration of the contrasting fate Istanbul.

Near mosques or in parks, you can have a break to sip a Çay (pronounced chai), the national drink. Otherwise, you can just wait for the Cayci carrying its endless small glasses on a tray. Then you will walk through one of these fish markets, or get lost in the maze of covered alleyways of the Grand Bazaar in search of colourful spices, baked goods, carpets and kilims, jewellery, antiques or tea. Formerly a typical market, the place is now more for tourists, but the architecture has kept its charm.

Unique city in the world divided between two continents, Istanbul has two bridges spanning the Bosphorus, and a large fleet of ferries with their riveted steel hulls and decks where you can breathe the sea. Sometimes you can imagine that these vessels, a bit retro, will never be retiring, and they will still animate Bosphorus with their ceaseless shuttles between East and West.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA09433 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09433

Istanbul.

AA09433

04/11/2005
4914 x 3123 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09412 Traffic front of the Blue mosque.
Traffic front of the Blue mosque. Philip Plisson AA09412

Traffic front of the Blue mosque.

AA09412

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09407 The Blue mosque in Istanbul.
The Blue mosque in Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09407

The Blue mosque in Istanbul.

AA09407

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
1014 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA15589 Istanbul
Istanbul Philip Plisson AA15589

Istanbul

AA15589

05/25/2005
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09440 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09440

Istanbul.

AA09440

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09447 Traffic on the Bosphorus.
Traffic on the Bosphorus. Philip Plisson AA09447

Traffic on the Bosphorus.

AA09447

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09459 Istanbul by night.
Istanbul by night. Philip Plisson AA09459

Istanbul by night.

AA09459

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09457 Istanbul by night.
Istanbul by night. Philip Plisson AA09457

Istanbul by night.

AA09457

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09454 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09454

Istanbul.

AA09454

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09452 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09452

Istanbul.

AA09452

04/11/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15585 Istanbul
Istanbul Philip Plisson AA15585

Istanbul

AA15585

05/25/2005
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09394 Fishing nets on the harbour of Istanbul.
Fishing nets on the harbour of Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09394

Fishing nets on the harbour of Istanbul.

AA09394

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15580 Istanbul
Istanbul Philip Plisson AA15580

Istanbul

AA15580

05/25/2005
4992 x 3328 px
874 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA09332 The lighthouse of Ahirkapi in Istanbul.
The lighthouse of Ahirkapi in Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09332

The lighthouse of Ahirkapi in Istanbul.

AA09332

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09329 The Blue mosque and the Holy mosque Sophie in Istanbul.
The Blue mosque and the Holy mosque Sophie in Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09329

The Blue mosque and the Holy mosque Sophie in Istanbul.

AA09329

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09326 Traffic on the Bosphorus.
Traffic on the Bosphorus. Philip Plisson AA09326

Traffic on the Bosphorus.

AA09326

01/01/1900
4032 x 2644 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15586 Istanbul
Istanbul Philip Plisson AA15586

Istanbul

AA15586

05/25/2005
3328 x 4992 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23970 In the port of Istanbul.
In the port of Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA23970

In the port of Istanbul.

AA23970

01/01/1900
4828 x 3219 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09381 Ramparts of Istanbul.
Ramparts of Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09381

Ramparts of Istanbul.

AA09381

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA15574 Istanbul
Istanbul Philip Plisson AA15574

Istanbul

AA15574

05/25/2005
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09323 Mender at work
Mender at work Philip Plisson AA09323

Mender at work

AA09323

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09376 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09376

Istanbul.

AA09376

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
955 Ko
RGB Truecolor
AA09393 Turkish fisherman.
Turkish fisherman. Philip Plisson AA09393

Turkish fisherman.

AA09393

01/01/1900
3328 x 4992 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09351 Carry containers on the Bosphorus.
Carry containers on the Bosphorus. Philip Plisson AA09351

Carry containers on the Bosphorus.

AA09351

01/01/1900
4902 x 3207 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09395 Fisherman on the port of Istanbul.
Fisherman on the port of Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09395

Fisherman on the port of Istanbul.

AA09395

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09359 Istanbul.
Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09359

Istanbul.

AA09359

01/01/1900
3193 x 4772 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09399 Fishing vessel on the Bosphorus.
Fishing vessel on the Bosphorus. Philip Plisson AA09399

Fishing vessel on the Bosphorus.

AA09399

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09361 Ferry boat or "Vapurs" in Istanbul.
Ferry boat or "Vapurs" in Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09361

Ferry boat or "Vapurs" in Istanbul.

AA09361

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09406 Fish market in Istanbul.
Fish market in Istanbul. Philip Plisson AA09406

Fish market in Istanbul.

AA09406

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA09366 Traffic on the Bosphorus.
Traffic on the Bosphorus. Philip Plisson AA09366

Traffic on the Bosphorus.

AA09366

01/01/1900
4992 x 3047 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor