Flags of Istanbul

In this article, we will mention the flags of Istanbul before it is called Istanbul, in other words, while it was Constantinople and we will continue with its new flags (and governments offices’) after being Istanbul.

Byzantine Imperial Flag (While It Was Constantinople)

The Byzantine Imperial flag is yellow with a dark delegated twofold headed hawk. The twofold headed hawk was the image of the Palaiologos, the last Greek-speaking “Roman” line to govern from Constantinople. Ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos recovered Constantinople from the Crusaders in 1261, from a state situated in Asia Minor; the twofold headed hawk symbolized the tradition’s advantages in both Asia and Europe and was kept regardless of the way that for the entirety of the Asian belongings was eaten up by the Ottomans inside an age of the recovery of the city. Michael’s relatives remained on the Byzantine royal position until the city and the Empire tumbled to the Ottomans in 1453.

The twofold headed falcon had in the two centuries of Palaiologos rule become recognized with the tradition as well as with the Empire itself and, all the more by and large, with organizations and social thoughts outside the Byzantine Empire that still stayed focused on Constantinople. Generally clear of these is the Greek Orthodox Church, focused in principle in Istanbul right up ’til the present time, thus it isn’t astounding that the Church would utilize the flag.

More subtle is the purpose behind its utilization by the Russians. In 1453 a surge of Byzantine churchmen and nobles escaping the Ottomans wound up in Moscow, the focus on the last free major Orthodox nation. This pretty much corresponded with the reception of the title of Czar (Caesar, or Emperor) by the previous Princes of Suzdal who had been administering from Moscow and had joined a significant part of the Russian-talking world. Moscow started to be alluded to as “the Third Rome” (Constantinople being simply the second), and the Czars saw as successors in the Orthodox world to the Byzantine heads. In this way the appropriation of the twofold headed bird by them.

The twofold headed falcon is a lot more established than Paleologues and Christianity, yet in that time it turned into the image of the whole Empire. Various shades of bird had the distinctive positions. A few creators said that the gold falcon was held for the imperial family. Silver spoke to the subsequent position (dictators, sevastokrators – the most elevated primitive title). Dark birds were utilized during the war. There once more, yellow (gold) was held for the Emperor, every single other position and units had various hues.

Flags were being used like today, yet were flags. The standard with a porphyry red foundation and the brilliant bird was the war flags of the Empire, while the yellow-dark was the Imperial flags utilized in peacetime. First and foremost the hawk had no crown and her mouth, wings, and hooks were open, demonstrating the bird prepared to assault. The bird resembled that of the present Albanian flags. Later a sword (romfaia) and the Globe of Orthodoxy were included. The Crowns were included by the Palaiologos tradition, one crown for Nikaia (the first regal city of the Dynasty) and one for Constantinople (after its freedom from the Latins).

District Municipalities

  • Adalar
  • Arnavutköy
  • Ataşehir
  • Avcılar
  • Bağcılar
  • Bahçelievler
  • Bakırköy
  • Başakşehir
  • Bayrampaşa
  • Beşiktaş
  • Beykoz
  • Beylikdüzü
  • Beyoğlu
  • Büyükçekmece
  • Çatalca
  • Çekmeköy
  • Esenler
  • Esenyurt
  • Eyupsultan (Eyüp)
  • Fatih
  • Gaziosmanpaşa
  • Güngören
  • Kadıköy
  • Kağıthane
  • Kartal
  • Küçükçekmece
  • Maltepe
  • Pendik
  • Sancaktepe
  • Sarıyer
  • Silivri
  • Sultanbeyli
  • Sultangazi
  • Şile
  • Şişli
  • Tuzla
  • Ümraniye
  • Üsküdar
  • Zeytinburnu

All its municipalities has the same flag as you will read below. The flag of Istanbul Province (photograph) is white with the area’s symbol. “T.C.” means “Türkiye Cumhuriyeti”, “Republic of Turkey”; “Valiliği” signifies “Governorate”.

The insignia includes the Governor’s office when the Grand Vizir’s Office known as the Sublime Porte (Bâb-ı Âli). The site was introduced formally as Bâb-ı Âli in 1756 by Sultan Osman III. A short time later it turned into the home of every Grand Vizier and the real government focus of the Empire. After the fire in 1839, the structure was remade and utilized distinctly as an administration office and not as the habitation of the Grand Vizier any longer.

The new Bâb-ı Âli building planned in 1844 by Stefan Kalfa was not quite the same as its antecedents with its story floor materials and progressively significant by being worked with stones and blocks. The first framework of engineering still remains. In any case, the internal structure was kept uniquely in “Sadaret Dairesi” (Office of the Grand Vizier) which fills in as the Governor’s Office today. The first structure was made out of three antechambers encompassed by office rooms associated in the northwest-southeast heading.

The complex was 220 meters long and the center part was higher than the two closures. The lower end at northwest was the Office of the Grand Vizier and the opposite end at southeast was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The higher center part between them was held for the workplaces of “Şura-yı Devlet” (Supreme Court). The new Bâb-ı Âli was a different set up and furthermore an adjustment in work simultaneously. Subsequently, the Topkapı Palace lost its importance and stayed as a supporting authority in particular.

Hence the door inverse of the “Alay Köşkü” lost its significance and the south entryway confronting Ankara Street close to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs became a force to be reckoned with. Bâb-ı Âli turned into the meaning of the legislature of the Ottoman Empire. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs picked up significance the eager for news columnists started to settle down in the area and the Bâb-ı Âli idea as the base camp of Turkish Press was conceived.

Previous flag of Istanbul Province

A more established flag of Istanbul Province was white with the region’s previous symbol.

Exceptional Provincial Administration

Flag of the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration

The flag of the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration (photograph) is white with the organization’s token in the center. “Il Özel Idaresi” signifies “Uncommon Provincial Administration”.

Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education

Flag of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, current and previous adaptations

The flag of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (photograph) is white with the directorate’s symbol, which depends on the insignia of the Ministry of National Education.

The previous flag of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (photograph, photograph, photograph) was the previous flag of the Ministry of National Education with the directorate’s name composed underneath the symbol in dark capital letters.

Istanbul Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Craftsmen


İSTESOB (site) gathering now 148 individuals, was built upon 24 April 1951. The flag of İSTESOB (photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph) is white with the association’s symbol. The flag of Istanbul (photograph, 31 May 2008) conceivably exists in three hues, red, blue, and white, in three distinct plans all including the token of the town:

  • underneath the symbol, “Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi”, on three lines, “Büyükşehir” in greater letters.
  • underneath the symbol, “Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi” (semi-round);
  • over the symbol, “Istanbul” (even), underneath the insignia, “Büyükşehir Belediyesi” (semi-round);

Every one of the works is in capital letters. “Büyükşehir Belediyesi” signifies the “Metropolitan Municipality”. The symbol of the town of Istanbul was structured by Metin Edremit, victor of a challenge sorted out by the metropolitan organization in 1969.

The lower some portion of the seal shows the Bosphorus, which isolates the town into two sections and joins two landmasses (Europe and Asia). The city dividers of the verifiable town have appeared on each side. The renowned mosques of Istanbul and their minarets, which establish a significant thing in the town’s travel industry potential, are symbolized as they are found in the Istanbul horizon. The seven triangles in the image speak to the seven slopes on which Istanbul was constructed.

Vertical Flag of Istanbul

Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration

Flag of İSKİ

The Flag of İSKİ is white with the organization’s logo.


State Universities

  • Bahçeşehir University (Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi)
  • Galatasaray University (Galatasaray Üniversitesi)
  • Istanbul Civilization University (Istanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi – İMÜ)
  • Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi – İTÜ)
  • Istanbul University (Istanbul Üniversitesi)
  • Marmara University (Marmara Üniversitesi)
  • Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi – MSGSÜ)
  • Yıldız Technical University (Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi – YTÜ)

Foundation Universities

  • Altınbaş University (Altınbaş Üniversitesi)
  • Beykent University (Beykent Üniversitesi)
  • Bezmiâlem Foundation University (Bezmiâlem Vakıf Üniversitesi – BVÜ)
  • Biruni University (Biruni Üniversitesi)
  • Fatih University (Fatih Üniversitesi)
  • Brilliant Horn University (Haliç Üniversitesi)
  • Ibn Haldun University (Ibn Haldun Üniversitesi – İHÜ)
  • Istanbul Arel University (Istanbul Arel Üniversitesi)
  • Istanbul Aydın University (Istanbul Aydın Üniversitesi – İAÜ)
  • Istanbul Commerce University (Istanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi)
  • Istanbul Culture University (Istanbul Kültür Üniversitesi – İKÜ)
  • Istanbul Esenyurt University (Istanbul Esenyurt Üniversitesi)
  • Istanbul Medipol University (Istanbul Medipol Üniversitesi – İMÜ)
  • Istanbul New Century University (Yeni Yüzyıl Üniversitesi – İYYÜ)
  • Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim Üniversitesi – İZÜ)
  • Istanbul 29 May University (Istanbul 29 Mayıs Üniversitesi)
  • Istinye University (Istinye Üniversitesi – İSÜ)
  • Mehmet the Conqueror Foundation University (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf Üniversitesi – FSMVÜ)
  • Nişantaşı University (Nişantaşı Üniversitesi)
  • Okan University (Okan Üniversitesi)
  • Özyeğin University (Özyeğin Üniversitesi – Özü)
  • Piri Reis University (Piri Reis Üniversitesi)
  • Turkish-German University (Türk-Alman Üniversitesi/Türkisch-Deutsche Universität)
  • Üsküdar University (Üsküdar Üniversitesi)

Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

İTO was established in 1882; with 98 expert advisory groups and around 300 thousand individuals, İTO is probably the biggest load of business on the planet. The chamber works in the accompanying territories: global relations and remote exchange; display and reasonable exercises; the travel industry; data and distributing; industry and household exchange; exchange register and enlistment of endeavors, measurements.

The flag of İTO (photograph) photograph) is white with the chamber’s seal. İTO likewise utilizes a flag with the insignia in darker and the chamber’s name and establishment year at its right. The seal, divulged on 21 January 2013, depends on the Ahilik convention, which was built up during the Seljuk time frame. The octagon alludes to customary Seljuk iconography. Its end focuses speak to eight ideas. The turquoise shading was chosen as an image of globality and Turkey.

The symbol is spoken to in three measurements, to feature the three mainstays of İTO:

  • giving all the lawful administrations gave by Law;
  • putting advances works that take further;
  • guarding ventures with social duty.

Istanbul Chamber of Industry

Flag of İSO

İSO (site) was introduced on 30 May 1952. Before the finish of 1963, İSO had arrived at 2,365 individuals. Today, with a list of more than 17,000 individuals, the association is Turkey’s most established and biggest mechanical chamber. The flag of İSO (photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph) is white with the association’s logo.

Istanbul Commodity Exchange

The foundation of İSTİB (photograph) was conceived without precedent for 1880. In any case, this foundation couldn’t have been acknowledged for quite a while because of certain issues. Around then, the establishment of a product trade had been endowed to the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. The lawful strategy was provided with the Regulation of Commodity Exchanges in 1886. Consequently, the foundation of the product trade has been hindered.

That deferral was most likely brought about by the reluctance of shippers in Istanbul to join that sort of establishment which forces a few guidelines which compel them to make an exchange by following decided methods and taxes. Because of every one of these components and the wars that happened at the hour of the occasions, ware trade couldn’t have been built up at the time of the Ottoman Empire. With the declaration of the Republic in Turkey, the subject had gone to the plan again by the suggestion of certain individuals from Parliament. The Istanbul Cereals and Commodity Exchange was legitimately settled on 19 October 1924.

Quickly, since there was not a research center to review the harvests, the development of another structure began in May 1926. Oats, heartbeat and oilseeds were reviewed and distributed on sheets. The Istanbul Livestock Exchange was opened independently from the ware trade on 13 February 1929 even though the Istanbul Commodity Exchange had been dynamic in its foundation. That mistake was amended with Law No. 4355 – Law on Chambers and Commodity Exchanges – which came into power in 1943 and Istanbul Livestock Exchange which had been working in Karaagaç, was nullified. All documentation was moved to İSTİB by October 1943.

The name of “Creature Exchange” was changed as “The Agency of Butchery Affairs”. In 1988, with the Haliç Cleaning and Redevelopment Project, it was chosen to move this slaughterhouse to Tuzla/Aydınköy. The Istanbul Commodity Exchange Livestock Establishment was opened at Tuzla/Aydınköy on 26 January 1989.

The flag of İSTİB is white with the association’s token, composing barred.

Istanbul Young Entrepreneurs’ Association

Flag of İSGİD

The flag (photograph) of the Istanbul Young Entrepreneurs’ Association (Istanbul Genç Girişimciler Derneği – İSGİD) is white with the affiliation’s token.

Istanbul Bar Association

Flag of the Istanbul Bar Association

The Istanbul Bar Association, built upon 5 April 1878 by 63 lawyers in-law, checks now exactly 29,000 individuals, being one of the world’s greatest bar affiliations. The flag of the affiliation (photograph, photograph) is white with the affiliation’s token.

Istanbul Tailors’ Chamber

Flag of the Istanbul Tailors’ Chamber

The Istanbul Tailors’ Chamber (site) was set up in 1968 by Mehmet Taşpinar, as the Istanbul Tailors’ Association (Istanbul Umum Kadın ve Erkek Terziler Derneği). The Chamber status was allowed in 1983. The flag of the Istanbul Tailors’ Chamber (photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph) is white with the chamber’s token.

Istanbul Anatolian Side Organized Industrial Zone

Flag of İAYOSB

İAYOSB (site) was set up on 13 October 2000 as the Tuzla Mermerciler Organized Industrial Zone (Tuzla Mermerciler Organize Sanayi Bölgesi – TMOSB), to be renamed to İAYOSB on 18 October 2011. The flag of İAYOSB (photograph, photograph, photograph, photograph) is white with the zone’s seal.

Istanbul Tuzla Organized Industrial Zone

Flag of İTOSB

İTOSB (site) was set up on 16 November 2000. The flag of İTOSB (photograph, photograph, photograph) is white with the zone’s seal.

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