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İstanbul Province (Turkey)

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Flag of İstanbul Province - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 October 2017


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Flag of İstanbul Province

The flag of İstanbul Province (photo) is white with the province's emblem. "T.C." stands for "Türkiye Cumhuriyeti", "Republic of Turkey"; "Valiliği" means "Governorate".

The emblem features the Governor's office, once the Grand Vizir's Office known as the Sublime Porte (Bâb-ı Âli).
The site was inaugurated officially as Bâb-ı Âli in 1756 by Sultan Osman III. Afterwards it became the residence of all Grand Viziers and the actual government center of the Empire. After the fire in 1839 the building was rebuilt and used only as a government office and not as the residence of the Grand Vizier anymore.
The new Bâb-ı Âli building designed in 1844 by Stefan Kalfa was different from its predecessors with its storey floorings and more important by being built with stones and bricks. The original outline of the architecture still remains. But the inner structure was kept only in “Sadaret Dairesi” (Office of the Grand Vizier) which serves as the Governor’s Office today. The original building was composed of three anterooms surrounded by office rooms connected in the northwest -southeast direction. The complex was 220 meters in length and the middle part was higher than both ends. The lower end at northwest was the Office of the Grand Vizier and the other end at southeast was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The higher middle part between them was reserved for the offices of “Şura-yı Devlet” (Supreme Court). The new Bâb-ı Âli was a change of place and also a change in function concurrently. Afterwards the Topkapı Palace lost its significance and remained as an endorsement authority only. Therefore the gate opposite of the “Alay Köşkü” lost its importance and the south gate facing Ankara Street near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came into prominence. Bâb-ı Âli became the definition of the government of the Ottoman Empire. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gained importance the news-hungry journalists began to settle down in the neighborhood and the Bâb-ı Âli concept as the headquarters of Turkish Press was born.
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Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 8 October 2017


Former flag of İstanbul Province

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Former flag of İstanbul Province - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 5 March 2015

The former flag of İstanbul Province (photo, photo) was white with the province's former emblem in the middle.

Tomislav Šipek, 18 October 2012

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Former flag of İstanbul Province - Image by Jens Pattke, 19 October 2012

An older flag of İstanbul Province was white with the province's former emblem.

Tomislav Šipek, 18 October 2012


Special Provincial Administration

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Flag of the İstanbul Special Provincial Administration - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 5 March 2015

The flag of the İstanbul Special Provincial Administration (photo) is white with the administration's emblem in the middle. "İl Özel İdaresi" means "Special Provincial Administration".

Tomislav Šipek, 6 March 2015