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Flags of Istanbul - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 9 April 2015
The flag of Istanbul (photo, 31 May 2008) potentially exists in three colours, red, blue, and white, in three different designs all featuring the emblem of the town:
- beneath the emblem, "İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi", on three lines, "Büyükşehir" in bigger letters.
- beneath the emblem, "İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi" (semi-circular);
- above the emblem, "İstanbul" (horizontal), beneath the emblem, "Büyükşehir Belediyesi" (semi-circular);
All the writings are in capital letters. "Büyükşehir Belediyesi" means "Metropolitan Municipality".
The emblem of the town of Istanbul was designed by Metin Edremit, winner of a contest organized by the municipal administration in 1969.
The lower part of the emblem shows the Bosphorus, which separates the town into two parts and combines two continents (Europe and Asia). The city walls of the historical town are shown on each side. The famous mosques of Istanbul and their minarets, which constitute a major item in the town's tourism potential, are symbolized as they are seen in the Istanbul skyline. The seven triangles in the middle of the emblem represent the seven hills on which Istanbul was built.
[Information kindly provided by the Municipality of İstanbul]
Onur Özgün & Ivan Sache, 23 May 2009
Vertical flags of Istanbul - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 9 April 2015
The flag is also used vertically (photo, 30 October 2007).
Ivan Sache, 23 May 2009