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DVOW Nominee from Istanbul

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One Minute Tour of Istanbul, Turkey

Tieychen-Taha AKIN

As a modern, sophisticaed metropolis that literally connects East and West, the great Turkish city of Istanbul stands as a transcontinental melting pot which proudly reflects its range of influences from its dramatic history.  Top contributer Tieychen - Taha AKIN flew his drone and captured many of the many reknowned sights, including Bosphorus and the Galata Tower from the best vantage point - above. A Drone Video of the Week nominee, this film provides a beautiful whirlwind tour of this popular destination.

Istanbul DVOW Finalist

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Istanbul Aerial shot 2019

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In Istanbul, the Golden Horn is a natural peninsula which separates the area known as Old Istanbul from the rest of the greater city.  To best appreciate this historically and geographically significant area (as well as the stunning red roofs, mosque spires, and busy Bosphorus Strait), one simply can watch this beautiful Drone Video of the Week nominee by content creator impalos.   With modern skyscrapers in the backdrop, these aerial views reflect of the city’s storied history and beautiful architecture.

Istanbul Skyscrapers, Bosphorus and Yedikule Fortress

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Istanbul Skyscrapers, Bosphorus and Yedikule Fortress


Istanbul is a major hub in Turkey, originally because of its location - straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The modern, massive skyscrapers belie the ancient history this city carries with it. From Egyptian obelisks, to the Roman-era Hippodrome, and iconic Byzantine structures like Hagia Sophia, its history is broad. One such historic site is the Yedikule Fortress, built right after the fall on Constantinople, that can be seen in this incredible, DVOW nominated video.

Istanbul by Mavic Pro 2

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Istanbul / Turkey - Drone Footage


Top content creator and drone pilot IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning aerial of the great city of Istanbul, Turkey.  The video opens with a great timelapse shot of the Old City and the Bosphorus ship traffic.  From there it goes on to Galata Tower, the magnificent medieval landmark which lies just to the north of the Golden Horn.  It wraps up with some amazing bird's eye views of the great Sophia Hagia Mosque, which was originally a church and built in the 6th century AD.

Three Istanbul Landmarks

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Once Upon A Time in Istanbul


You can see three of the great landmarks of Istanbul, Turkey in this awesome drone video by iskenderfilm. First up is Beyazıt Tower, an Ottoman era watchtower in the Fatih District, sitting atop the city's so-called Third Hill. Next stop is Galata Tower, a medieval stone tower which is located at one of the city's most scenic spots, where the Golden Horn inlet joins to the Bosphorus. The third spot featured is the 16th century Süleymaniye Mosque, which also sits on the Third Hill. This video won DVOW in August, 2019.

Drone over the Straits

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The City Where the Continents Meet


Contributor and pilot Cemsaner created this beautiful drone video of modern Istanbul, the stunning city on the Straits of Bosphorus.  Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul has served as an inspiration to artists for many centuries.  In the present day, one of the leading lights of Turkey's creative class is Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk.  His 1990 novel Black Book memorably portrays the city, and his semi-autobiographical piece Istanbul: Memories and the City is a series of essays about modern Constantinople.

Istanbul 2019 Reel

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2019 Passed Like This in Istanbul


Top AirVuz contributor and drone pilot iskenderfilm put together this marvelous 2019 reel from the great city of Istanbul, Turkey.  The video opens with a shot of the medieval Galata Tower, one of the city's greatest landmarks.  Then it's on to the great Hagia Sophia; once the largest building in the world, it was a church and later a mosque before becoming a museum.  Other highlights include the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, the Golden Horn, Maiden's Tower, the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, and more.  

Istanbul: Movie Star City

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Istanbul From Above in 4K | Turkey


Top content creator and drone pilot Hamza Mujtaba treats us to a drone's eye view of Istanbul, Turkey.  While the Turkish city has long been one of the world's most well known, in recent decades its recognition has been boosted by appearing in numerous James Bond movies.  Its first appearance was as a primary shooting location for the 1963 hit From Russia with Love; the opening scene of the film (the second in the series) takes place around Hagia Sophia mosque, captured in the opening of this video.

Rumeli Fortress

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The Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul


Rumeli Fortress sits on the western (European) side of the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Rumeli played a critical role in the seige of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed the heavily-defended city after a 53 day seige in 1453.  The sack of what was then the world's largest city marked the end of the Byzantine Empire (the formal successor to the Roman Empire) and is considered one of the most important historical events of the Middle Ages.

The Golden Horn

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Golden Horn


The Golden Horn is one of the most prominent geographical features of Istanbul, Turkey.  Named for its horn-like shape, it's an inlet of the Straits of Bosphorus on the western (European) side of the waterway.  In this drone video by contributor and pilot gokhanakman, you'll get an aerial tour of this famous inlet, including shots of the Atatürk Bridge and Galata Bridges which span it.   The latter is more well known; the current version was opened in 1994 on the site of four earlier versions.  

The First Bosphorus Bridge

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Bosphorus Bridge Footage / Istanbul


While Istanbul, Turkey has always been a "bridge" between Europe and Asia, it wasn't until 1973 that there was an actual bridge over the Bosphorus Strait, the body of water which runs through the city and separates the two continents.  In this drone video by IlkerCagatayAsik, you'll get a marvelous bird's eye view of the Bosphorus Bridge, officially known as the 15 July Martyrs Bridge.  The span has a total length of 1.56k meters or just over 5.1k ft. It's since been complimented by two newer bridges, both of which lie to its north.

Galata Tower

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Touching the Galata Tower


Contributor and pilot IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this mesmerizing aerial look at Galata Tower, one of the landmarks of Istanbul, Turkey.  The 67 meter (about 200 ft.) tower was built in the 14th century in the Genoese colony of the city that was then known as Constantinople.  It's been restored many times and has been used for a variety of purposes over the centuries.  It sits in the Galata district in in the heart of old Istanbul, near the Golden Horn inlet to the Bosphorus.  

Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul

OGB - Omer Gokcen

One of the most well known tourist destinations in Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia Mosque.  Built in the 6th century, for nearly a millenium it was the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  In the 15th century, after the Fall of Constantinople, it was converted to a mosque.  Contributor Omer Gocken used a drone to create this impressive aerial view of this religious landmark, which appeared in the opening scenes of two James Bond movies: the second, From Russia with Love (1963), and 25th, Skyfall (2012).

Istanbul Train Station

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HAYRDARPAŞA Train Station - İstanbul 1970's


The ancient neighborhood of Haydarpaşa in Istanbul, Turkey is home to several internationally-recognized public structures. Named after an Ottoman Vizier, the area is located along the banks of the Sea of Marmara (just west of the Bosphorus) and home to the Haydarpaşa Train Station. Drone pilot jesus_tr shows us what the station, as well as the surrounding area, looks like in this two-minute piece. To learn more about this historic station, check out Jesus' detailed description below. 

Sultan Abdülmecid Mosque

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Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid on Bosphorus


Contributor Iskenderfilm used a drone to bring us this aerial view of an important 19th century mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid (the  Büyük Mecidiye Camii) was built on the orders of the Ottoman ruler Abdulmejid I and completed in 1856, on the site of an earlier mosque which was destroyed in an uprising .  The mosque is situated in the Ortaköy neighborhood on the Bosphorus Strait, one of the most visited areas of the bustling city.  

Maiden's Tower

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On the Way to Maiden's Tower, Istanbul


Iskenderfilms created this surreal-looking aerial look at Maiden's Tower, a well known Istanbul landmark.  Built in the early 12th century, it was designed to protect the southern approach into the city through the Staits of Bosphorus.  Famously, the the tower was the filming location for the climactic scene of the 1999 James Bond movie The World is Not Enough, #21 in the series.  This was the spot where 007 (Pierce Brosnan) tracks down the arch-villain Renard (Robert Carlyle) in his hideout.

Faith Sultan Mehmet bridge

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İstanbul Bosphorus - 4K

Erman Çatı

In this drone video by contributor Erman Çatı, you'll get some epic bird's eye views of one of the most important bridges in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is the second of the three bridges which span the Straits of Bosphorus that bisects the great city.  Completed in 1988, the suspension bridge runs just over 1.5k meters (about 4.9k ft.) in total.  Both chronologically and physically, it sits between the 15 July Martyr's Bridge (opened in 1973) and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (2016).

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

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Istanbul's Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge

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The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge is the newest and northernmost of the three spans which cross the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Sometimes called the Third Bridge, the bridge has a a total length of over 2k meters (7.1k ft.).  Opened in 2016, it carries both road and rail traffic between the western (European) and eastern (Asian) sides of the great city.  Contributor Pascha brings us this stunning aerial view of this span, which is the second highest in the world at 320 meters (over 1.0k ft.).  

Galata Bridge and Golden Horn

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Magical City: Istanbul, Turkey


Content creator and drone pilot IlkerCagatayAsik shows us the power of the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone in this amazing aerial video of the heart of Istanbul, Turkey's largest city.  The video was shot on the western (European) side of the city.  It opens with a shot of the Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn inlet into the Bosphorus.  From there you'll get some amazing bird's eye views of the mosques on the southern side of the Golden Horn and Galata Tower and other landmarks on its northern side.  

Europe's Largest Wooden Building

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Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage


Contributor gokhanakman created this drone video of a notable landmark on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey.  It's called the Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage, and it's located on Büyükada, one a group of nine islands situated in the Sea of Marmara, on the western fringes of the city.  Built around the turn of the 20th century, it served as an orphanage until the 1960's.  Believed to be the largest wooden building in Europe, its state of disrepair has put it atop numerous lists of endangered historical sites.  

Çamlıca Republic Mosque

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Çamlıca Mosque


One of several megaprojects commissioned by the Turkish government as a show of strength, the Çamlıca Republic Mosque in Istanbul is a sight to behold.  It's generally accepted that the Turkish government accomplished its mission when the mosque was finished in 2016. Located in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Istanbul, the mosque was designed by two female architects and cost around $65.5 million USD.  It is the largest mosque in Turkey, home to one of the world's largest Muslim populations.   

Ortaköy Mosque

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Ortakoy Mosque: Night Shot


Turkey-based content creator and pilot cemsaner illuminates the architectural beauty of the Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus in this night time drone flight. The famous Turkish mosque (and museum) sits on the waterside pier that has equally stunning views of the dazzling suspension bridge. Seeing the well-lit mosque from these aerial views really highlights its ornate Neo-Baroque design features. The original mosque was built in 1721, destroyed in an uprising, and rebuilt in the 1850's.

Istanbul's Skyscrapers

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By My Side

OGB - Omer Gokcen

Top contributor and pilot Omer Gokcen created this beautiful drone video of a very modern side to the great city of Istanbul, Turkey.  The ancient city, which was never known for its tall buildings, has been a full-fledged participant in the great 21st century skyscraper building boom.  As of early 2019, Istanbul was home to about 40 buildings over 150 meters (500 ft.) in height. The video features many of these modern structures, most of which have been built in the last decade and all but two since 2000.

James Bond's Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Maiden Tower


Contributor Nadirtasciphotography created this epic drone video from the heart of Istanbul, Turkey.  It features beautiful aerial footage of some of the top sights in the old parts of the city, including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, and Maiden's Tower.  James Bond fans will no doubt recognize some of these landmarks; they appear in some of the more memorable scenes from the James Bond series, notably From Russia with Love (1963) The World is Not Enough (1999), and Skyfall (2012).

Süleymaniye: Istanbul's Second-Largest Mosque

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The Süleymaniye Mosque is the second-largest in Istanbul, Turkey, a city known in part for its famous mosques.  Situated on the south side of the Golden Horn in western (European) Istanbul, the great landmark was built in the 1550's on the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Ottoman sultanate.  The mosque was badly damaged in the Great Fire of 1660 but later restored.  One of the city's most-visited sites, the great mosque can be seen from above in this drone video by contributor impalos.

Suadiye, Kadıköy District

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kaplan murat kelo

Contributor kaplan murat kelo created this beautiful drone video of the Suadiye neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey.  It is situated in the Kadıköy District, which lies on the eastern (Asian) side of the city on the Sea of Marmara, just before the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait.  The area is considered the cultural hub of the Anatolian (Asian) side of Istanbul.  The video makes good use of the dronelapse technique to capture the bustle of activity in the neighborhood, one of the most fashionable in the city.    

The Ataşehir District

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Metropolitan Istanbul


One of the most modern-looking parts of Istanbul is its Ataşehir District.  It's located on the eastern (Asian) side of the city, one district "in" from both the Bosphorus Strait (to the west) and the Sea of Marmara (to the south).  It's a sort of satellite city, and is in the midst of a construction phase where nearly 20k high-end residences will be built for its expected population of about 80k.  It's considered one of the most affluent areas of this vast metropolis, one of the largest cities in the world.  

The Great Bosphorus Strait

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This drone video highlights the Bosphorus Strait, an internationally significant waterway in Turkey that joins the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, from the sky.  Contributor Tntrmedia used a DJI drone to create this amazing aerial video of this important waterway.  The video features footage of the Bosphorus Bridge (officially the 15 July Martyrs Bridge), one of the three spans over the Strait.  Opened in 1973, it was followed by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in 1988 and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge in 2016.

Dronelapse Shots of Istanbul

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İstanbul Day & Night


Set to beautiful Turkish music, this dronelapse video of Istanbul from contributor jesus_tr will have you dreaming of the Bosphorus for your next vacation.  The video mixes day and night footage of this stunning city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.  It includes epic bird's eye views of Galata Tower, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Haydarpaşa Train Station, Maidens' Tower, Ortaköy Mosque, the Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Galata Bridge, and Haliç Bridge.

Kadıköy District's Bostanci Neighborhood

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kaplan murat kelo

Check ut this stunning dronelapse of one of the less-seen cityscapes of Istanbul, Turkey, compliments of contributor kaplan murat kelo.  The video captures the Bostanci neighborhood, which lies along the Sea of Marmara in the   Kadıköy District on the eastern (Asian) side of the Bosphorus Strait.  The video captures the bustling waterfront, which houses a busy ferry terminal.  At around the :35 mark, there's an epic shot where you can see the western (European) side of the city in the background.  

Rumeli Fortress and Second Bridge

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Dance With Istanbul


In 1453, the city of Constantinople (the prior name of Istanbul) fell to the Ottoman Turks, causing what was arguably still the world's most important city to fall under Muslim control.  Key to the successful seige was Rumeli Fortress, constructed on the western side of the Bosphorus, just north of the core city.  In this drone video by iskenderfilm, you'll be treated to aerial views of the famous fortification, as well as of the nearby Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.  The latter is the middle of the three Bosphorus bridges.  

Two Istanbul Landmarks

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Galata Tower and Crimea Memorial Church in Istanbul


The Galata Tower is a medieval stone tower in Istanbul, Turkey. Located in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of the city, Galata Tower was completed in 1348.  French painter Pierre Prévost drew his “Panorama de Constantinople” from the tower in 1818. Forty years later, in 1858, Crimea Memorial Church was built in memory of the British soldiers who participated in the war the church was named after. See both of these Istanbul treasures in this 4K drone video by iskenderfilm. 

Camlica Cami: Istanbul's Largest Mosque

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New Istanbul (Camlica Cami) Mosque!


See Istanbul's new, stunning Çamlıca Mosque in this 4K drone video by contributor and pilot travel4kproductions. Opened in 2019, Çamlıca Mosque is now the largest mosque in Turkey and can hold up to 63,000 people. Located in Istanbul, the mosque complex includes a museum, art gallery, conference hall, and 3,500 spots in its underground parking lot. The dome, seen in this drone video, is 236 feet high and the architecture of the mosque is done in Neoclassical and Ottoman styles. 

Turkish Warships in the Bosphorus

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Deniz Kurdu 2019 tatbikatı dönüşü İstanbul Boğazı video by Murat Turna

Murat Turna

Contributor Murat Turna was able to film three Turkish warships steaming through the Bosphorus Strait near Istanbul as part of a naval exercise.  The first two ships shown are Kılıç-class fast attack craft.  These ships are over 60 meters (a bit over 200 ft.) long and displace about 550 tons.  The third ship in the video is an Barak-class corvette.  These ships are a bit longer (around 80 meters or about 265 ft.), displace a bit over 1.3k gross tons, and are designed for submarine protection.  

IstMarina, Kartal District

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Stunning Buildings - IstMarina / Turkey


Contributor and drone pilot IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJIMavic Pro 2 drone to aerially film an impressive new project in Istanbul.  It's called the IstMarina, and it's a residential and marina development in the city's Kartal District.  Kartal lies on the city's eastern (Asian) side.  Situated more or less due east of the southern end of the Bosphorus, it lies on the Sea of Marmara.  It's one of a number of marinas which have sprung up in western Turkey to cater to the region's growing yacht fleet.  

The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

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Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia - Istanbul (2018)


In this drone video by iskenderfilm, you'll get bird's eye views of two of the most famous mosques of Istanbul, Turkey.  Hagia Sophia actually predates the religion of Islam; it was built in the 6th century AD as a church.  When the then-city f Byzantium fell to the Ottomans in the 15th century it was converted to a mosque; now it's actually a museum.  The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, aka the Blue Mosque, was built in the early 17th century. Both landmarks lie on the western (European) side of the city, south of the Golden Horn.

Rumeli Fortress and the Ortaköy Mosque

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Istanbul 4k Drone Footage 4k - Rumeli Fortress / Ortakoy Mosque


This excellent drone video of Istanbul, Turkey by Rodoworld opens with a shot of Rumeli Fortress.  Located just south of the Fatih Sultan Bridge on the western (European) side of the Bosphorus, the fortress was built in the mid-15th century in preparation for the Ottoman conquest of the city in 1453.  Then you'll head over to the Ortaköy Mosque.  Located just south and west of the First Bosphorus Bridge, the Neo-Baroque landmark was completed in 1856 and is one of the city's most beautiful mosques.

Third Bridge, Maiden's and Galata Towers

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Istanbul Cinematic


This drone video of Istanbul by tntrmedia opens with a great shot of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the newest, northernmost, and longest of the three Bosphorus bridges here.  Then you'll head to the southern end of the Strait for a shot looking east towards the Asian side of the city. From there you'll fly over the Maiden's Tower, which sits atop a tiny islet just off the Üsküdar district on the Asian side.  Then it's on to the great Byzantine Galata Tower just off the Golden Horn, before hitting the Third Bridge again -  at night. 

Istanbul at Winter Solstice

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Istanbul Day & Night - 4K / for the Winter Solstice


Top contributor put together this excellent aerial tour of the great city of Istanbul just before the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year.  The video features footage from the following locations: Galata Tower, the mosque of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Haydarpaşa Train Station, Maidens Tower, Ortaköy Mosque, the First Bosphorus Bridge (aka the 15th July Martyrs Bridge), the Second Bosphorus Bridge (aka the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge), Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn, and the Haliç Bridge.

July 15th Martyr's Bridge

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Istanbul: One Vision


IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning drone video of Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge (Boğaziçi Köprüsü), officially known as the July 15th Martyrs Bridge.  Completed in 1973, it was the first bridge to cross the Boshphorus Straits which separate the city's western (European) and eastern (Asian) sides.   Since the construction of two more bridges north of here, it's come to be known as the First Bridge.  The suspension bridge has a length of 1.45k meters, or 5.1k ft. 

DJI Mavic Pro 2 over Istanbul

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İstanbul Edit


This drone video of Istanbul, Turkey by contributor and pilot cemsaner opens with an excellent shot of one of the city's mosques. Then you'll get a sweeping shot of the Golden Horn, the main inlet off the Bosphorus Strait, followed by shots of the Bosphorus itself including Leander's Tower.  Other highlights include shots of the magnificent Rumeli Fortress, the mosque of Hagia Sophia, the three bridges over the Bosphorus, and other sites around one of the world's largest cities.  The video was shot with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone.  

Top Sights of Istanbul

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Turkey Home - Istanbul from the Air

Turkey Home

There's something for everything in this epic aerial of Istanbul, Turkey by contributor and drone pilot Turkey Home.  The video opens with a beautiful shot of the famous Hagia Sophia mosque, then proceeds to bird's eye views of Maiden's Tower, timelapse shots of some of the city's busiest streets as well as traffic over the new third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait, Galata Tower, ship traffic in the Bosphorus, and more scenes from this magnificent city which spans the continents of Europe and Asia.