Photochroms of Istanbul from 1890s

Photochroms of Istanbul from 1890s
International Photography Grant 2019

Istanbul, historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side.

Istanbul is primarily known for its Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, but its buildings reflect the various peoples and empires that have previously ruled the city. Examples of Genoese and Roman architecture remain visible in Istanbul alongside their Ottoman counterparts. Nothing of the architecture of the classical Greek period has survived, but Roman architecture has proved to be more durable.

The fountain of Sultan Ahmed. Image: Library of Congress

The Yeni Cami by moonlight. Image: Library of Congress

The neighborhood of Fenerbahçe. Image: Library of Congress

The harbor of Constantinople. Image: Library of Congress

Galata Bridge. Image: Library of Congress

The Koca Sinan Pasha complex. Image: Library of Congress

Near the Seraskerat (Ministry of War). Image: Library of Congress

The Golden Horn waterway. Image: Library of Congress

Skyline. Image: Library of Congress

Galata Bridge and a view of Pera. Image: Library of Congress

The Bosphorus, Rumeli and Anadali-Hissar. Image: Library of Congress

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International Photography Grant 2019