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Istanbul DVOW Finalist


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.

Three Istanbul Landmarks


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.

DVOW Nominee from Istanbul


One Minute Tour of Istanbul, Turkey


As a modern, sophisticated metropolis that literally connects East and West, the great Turkish city of Istanbul stands as a transcontinental melting pot that proudly reflects its range of influences from its dramatic history.  Top contributor Tieychen - Taha AKIN flew his drone and captured many of the many renowned 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 Quarantined: Spring, 2020



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Istanbul (and under its prior name, Constantinople) was the largest city in the world for centuries, and it continues to be one of the most important.  In this rather shocking drone video by Murat Turna, you will see Turkey's great metropolis in a state which would have been unimaginable at any other time in its long history: virtually empty.  Like the rest of Turkey, Istanbul was subject to strict social distancing measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020; the city of 15 million appeared to be a ghost town..  

Istanbul Skyscrapers, Bosphorus and Yedikule Fortress


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.

DJI Mavic Pro 2 over Istanbul


İstanbul Edit

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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.  

Istanbul by Mavic Pro 2


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.

Istanbul: Movie Star City


Istanbul From Above in 4K | Turkey

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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.

Dronelapse Shots of Istanbul


İstanbul Day & Night

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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.

The Great Bosphorus Strait




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.

Rumeli Fortress


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 siege of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed the heavily-defended city after a 53-day siege 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.

Istanbul 2019 Reel


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's Peninsula


Istanbul's Historical Peninsula


Top AirVūz contributor and drone pilot iskenderfilm used his DJI Inspire 2 drone mounted with a Zenmuse X7 camera to create this stunning masterpiece of the Istanbul's historic peninsula, the area between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara on the western (European) side of the Bosphorus.  We are treated to some of Istanbul's most iconic sights such as Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the Bosphorus Strait.  This video was selected as a Drone Video of the Week Finalist in June of 2020. 

Istanbul at Winter Solstice


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

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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.

Maiden's Tower


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 Straits of Bosphorus.  Famously, 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


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.  

Galata Tower


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.  

Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge


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.).  

The Golden Horn


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 Hagia Sophia Museum


4 Seasons Hagia Sophia


Hagia Sophia is one of the landmarks of Istanbul, Turkey.  Built as a church in the 6th century during the Byzantine Empire, it became a mosque following the fall of what was then Constantinople in the mid-15th century.  In the 1930's, it was converted into a museum under the secular-minded Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.  Considered one of the most architecturally significant buildings still standing, you can check it out from above in this fantastic drone video by AirVuz contributor ucarakkesfet.

James Bond's Istanbul


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).

Faith Sultan Mehmet bridge


İstanbul Bosphorus - 4K

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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).

Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque


Two Old Friends - Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque


In this drone video by top AirVuz contributor iskenderfilm, you'll get a bird's eye view of Istanbul's two most famous mosques.  Both the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosques (aka the Blue Mosque) are located just north of the Golden Horn, the inlet on the western side of the Bosphorus.  Hagia Sophia actually began its life as a Church becoming a mosque after the Ottoman Conquest of 1453.  The Blue Mosque was built in the early 1700's, near the apogee of the Ottoman Empire.

Ortaköy Mosque


Ortakoy Mosque: Night Shot

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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.

Sultan Abdülmecid Mosque


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.  

Rumeli Fortress and the Ortaköy Mosque


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.

Istanbul Train Station


HAYRDARPAŞA Train Station - İstanbul 1970's

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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. 

Rumeli Fortress and Second Bridge


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 siege 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.  

Çamlıca Republic Mosque


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.   

Istanbul's Skyscrapers


By My Side

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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.

Europe's Largest Wooden Building


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.  

Third Bridge, Maiden's and Galata Towers


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. 

Suadiye, Kadıköy District



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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.    

Two Istanbul Landmarks


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. 

The First Bosphorus Bridge


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.

Drone over the Straits


The City Where the Continents Meet

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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.

The Ataşehir District


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.  

Suleymaniye: Istanbul's Second-Largest Mosque


Süleymaniye Mosque


Check out this fabulous drone video of Istanbul's Süleymaniye Mosque, courtesy of AirVuz contributor and pilot gokhanakman.  The great city's second-largest mosque,  Süleymaniye is situated on the south side of the Golden Horn (an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait) in western (European) Istanbul, northwest of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia mosque-cum-museum.  It's named after Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Ottoman sultanate, who ordered its construction in the mid-16th century.  

The Blue Mosque and Ayasofta


Blue Mosque and Ayasofta 2019 in 4K!


Only in Istanbul, Turkey can you find two world-famous mosques standing right next to each other.  You can see them both in this excellent drone video by travel4kproductions.   Hagia Sophia isn't actually a mosque anymore; it was one of the most important Christian churches in the world for nearly a thousand years, was a mosque for over 500 years, and is now a museum.  The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, aka the Blue Mosque, is considered the city's most famous.   It was built in the early 17th century on the orders of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I.  

The Küçük Çamlıca TV Radio Tower


İstanbul TV Tower - 4K


Top AirVuz contributor and pilot jesus_tr brings us this fantastic aerial view of one of the modern marvels of Istanbul, Turkey: the Küçük Çamlıca TV Radio Tower.  Located in the Üsküdar on the eastern (Asian) side of the Bosphorus, the tower is capable of holding up to 125 transmitters, and it boasts of an observation deck, two restaurants, and other tourist-related amenities.  With a height of 365 meters (1.2k ft.), it's the tallest structure in the great city.  The landmark structure was completed in late 2019.

Kadıköy District's Bostanci Neighborhood



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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.  

July 15th Martyr's Bridge


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. 

Rumeli and Anatolian Fortresses + Second Bridge


Istanbul Flight Across the Bosphorus at Sunset


In this drone video by travel4kproductions you'll get a nice aerial tour of some of the sights of northern Istanbul, Turkey.  The video opens with shots of the Anatolian Castle (Anadoluhisarı), a 14th century fortress on the eastern (Asian) side of the Bosphorus Strait.  Then you'll cross over to the European side to see the 15th century Rumeli Fortress, built as part of the successful Ottoman siege of the city.  The video also features the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, which crosses the Strait just north of the two landmarks.  

Camlica Cami: Istanbul's Largest Mosque


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. 

IstMarina, Kartal District


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.  

Rumeli Lighthouse


Sunday Flight

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Rumeli Feneri is an important lighthouse in Istanbul, Turkey.  It is situated at the northern entrance to the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea, on the strait's western side.  Some distance north of the famous fortress (which lies near the middle of the strait), the lighthouse was built by the British and French during the Crimean War of the 1850's to protect their warships heading in and out of the Black Sea.  In this drone video by ugurevin, you will get a bird's eye view of the lighthouse, now backdropped by the Yavuz Sultan Bridge.  

Turkish Warships in the Bosphorus


Deniz Kurdu 2019 tatbikatı dönüşü İstanbul Boğazı video by Murat Turna

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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.  

Drone Views of Süleymaniye Mosque



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Of the dozens of mosques in Istanbul, Turkey that date to the Ottoman Period (1453-1918), there are two which are the best known: the Süleymaniye and Sultan Ahmed Mosques,, which date to the 16th and 17th centuries, respectively.  Both sit on the south side of the Golden Horn.  Seen here in this drone video by the Murat Tarna, the Süleymaniye Mosque was built on the orders of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest serving Ottoman Sultan (emperor).  It's the city's second-largest mosque, after Hagia Sophia (now a museum).  

Cloud-Covered Istanbul


Cloud Ceremony In Istanbul Bosphorus


Floating in through the clouds, you’ll slowly make out what you’re looking at in the opening shots of this aerial film by iskenderfilm. He’s taking in the dense fog that has covered the skies above the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. The Bosphorus is a narrow, natural straight that holds international significance because of its location, dividing Europe and Asia. This video doesn’t offer views of the strait, but of the bridges that are nearly invisible in the foggy skies.

Istanbul under Covid-19 Quarantine


Corona Virus Isolation ISTANBUL

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Omer Gokcen brings us this eerie video from Istanbul during the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020.  The video features footage of some of the most well-known sights in Turkey's largest city, including the Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, Eminonu, Sirkeci, and the Golden Horn.  While Turkey didn't see its first confirmed infection until March 11, within a month the country was amongst the 6-7 hardest-hit countries, and had adopted strict social distancing measures to slow the spread of the deadly virus.

Bird's Eye Views of Istanbul


One City, Two Continents.


Get an aerial tour of some of the most well-known landmarks of Istanbul, Turkey in this excellent piece by AirVuz contributor and pilot gokhanakman.  The video opens with shots of the newest and oldest of the three Bosphorus bridges: the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and 15th July Martyrs Bridge, respectively.  Then it's on to Galata Tower, the near-adjacent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosques (the former now being a museum), the Küçük Çamlıca TV tower, the modern hilltop Çamlıca Mosque, Maiden's Tower, and more.  

Istanbul Dronelapse


Turkey İstanbul

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Check out this marvelous sunrise drone video from Istanbul, Turkey, compliments of AirVuz contributor and pilot Murat Turna.  The video was shot as a hyperlapse sequence facing southwest toward the ultra-modern Maslak and Levent Districts, both of which lie on the western (European) side of the Bosphorus - Levent just north of the Golden Horn and Maslak to its north.  The bridge in the foreground is the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the newest and longest of the city's three Bosphorus bridges.

The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia


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 of 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.

More Drone Views of Quarantined Istanbul


Covid 19 Lockdown - Istanbul

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AirVuz contributor ugurevin brings us this rather haunting view of the great city of Istanbul, Turkey during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  The video opens with a nighttime shot of the nearly vehicle-free Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, aka the Second Bosphorus Bridge.  In scene after scene, you will see familiar sights in the great metropolis with almost no sign of human activity; featured locations include Galata Tower, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, the bridges of the Golden Horn the Maslak skyscraper district, and more.



Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge / Turkey


Turkey Ayasofya Museum

Semih Berk...

İstanbul Girl Tower


Bulk Carrier in the Bosphorus

OGB - Omer...

Bosphorus Bridge