Discover Top Istanbul Drone Videos

DVOW Nominee from Istanbul
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Istanbul Aerial shot 2019


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: Movie Star City
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Istanbul From Above in 4K | Turkey


Top contributor 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.

Istanbul by Mavic Pro 2
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Istanbul / Turkey - Drone Footage


IlkerCagatayAsik used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning aerial of the great city of Istanbul, Turkey.  It 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.

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, Istanbul stands as a transcontinental city 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.

Rumeli Fortress
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The Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul


Rumeli Fortress sits on the 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 it 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 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.  

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. 

Galata Tower
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Touching the Galata Tower


Contributor 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 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.  

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, it 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.).  

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).

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.

Galata Bridge and Golden Horn
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Magical City: Istanbul, Turkey


Contributor IlkerCagatayAsik shows us the power of the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone in this amazing aerial video of the heart of Istanbul, Turkey.  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.  

DJI Mavic Pro 2 over Istanbul
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İstanbul Edit


From the close up shots of the Hagia Sophia Mosque, to wide angle views of the Bosphorus (complete with Leander's Tower, countless cargo ships marching back and forth, and the modern engineering of one of the world's most important bridges) drone videographer Cemsaner shares the most important sights of the transcontinental city of Istanbul.  He put his DJI Mavic 2 to the skies to take us all on a compelling tour of this unique and culturally significant capital.

Ortaköy Mosque
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Ortakoy Mosque: Night Shot


Turkey-based contributor cemsaner illuminates the architectural beauty of the Ortaköy Mosque on the Bosphorus in this night time drone flight. The famous Turkish mosque 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 Omer Gokcen created this beautiful drone video of a very modern side to the great city of Istanbul.  The 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, the city 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.

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 is a sight to behold. You could say the Turkish government accomplished it's 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.   

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).

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 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.

Drone over the Straits
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The City Where the Continents Meet


Contributor Cemsaner created this beautiful drone video of modern Istanbul, the stunning city on the Straits of Bosphorus.  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.

Dronelapse Shots
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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.

Building the Third Bridge
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Bridge Construction in Istanbul

OGB - Omer Gokcen

The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (sometimes referred to as the Third Bridge) spans the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey.  Opened in 2016, the 2.1k meter (7.1k ft) cable stayed suspension bridge is larger than the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges which lie to its south.  In this remarkable video, contributor Omer Gokcen was able to use a drone to show the construction of the bridge over the waterway at the crossroads between Europe and Asia.

Ship in the Bosphorus
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Bulk Carrier in the Bosphorus

OGB - Omer Gokcen

Bulk cargo ships can be easily distinguished from containerships; while the latter will be stacked with thousands of usually colorful shipping containers, the cargo of the former is hidden in the massive cargo holds. Dry bulk cargo comes in many varieties, but by weight most cargo is iron ore, coal, or agricultural foodstuffs. In this video, contributor Omer Gocken used a drone to capture a bulk cargo carrier cruising through the Straits of Bosphorus near the great city of Istanbul, Turkey. 

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.

Profile of Omer Gokcen
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The Drone Dish: Omer Gokcen BAYRAKCI

The Drone Dish

Omer Gokcen is one of the top drone pilots in Turkey.  He has uploaded over 700 drone videos to AirVuz, mostly from Istanbul (including numerous videos of the bridges and ships of the Bosphorus) but also from other spots in Turkey as well as the Philippines, Thailand, the United States, and other places around the world.  In this episode of the Drone Dish, we interview this legendary drone pilot who has singlehandedly mapped almost every inch of the glorious city of Istanbul. 


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OGB - Omer Gokcen