Istanbul: A lovely city of chaos

Photo of people walking by a staircase in Istanbul
Can Jozef Saul/Staff


Istanbul is a city of love, cheers, music, adrenaline, melancholy and desires. Though the city’s beauty has become a tourist attraction in recent years, I would say the true beauty emerges only if one surrenders to the city
if one settles with the constant chaos and seeks to find love every single corner.

With Hagia Sophia staring at you on one side with all of its beauty full of archaic fresco and Galata Tower looking back at you, calling for a purge on all of the disruption within your soul, the city calls you; to accept its invitation is to surrender yourself. With a smell of history in every single stone you step, Istanbul is a country in itself with people across the globe and across every single spectrum imaginable, belonging to the people and no one else.

 

Can Jozef Saul, staff photographer

 

Photo of the waterfront in Istanbul

Kula (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a seagull flying over Istanbul

A seagull and the Hagia Sophia, from atop the Galata Tower (Eran Kohen Behar/Staff)

Photo of seagulls flying over the water in Istanbul

Prinkipo Island (Buyukada): home for numerous non-Muslim minorities in Istanbul. A house of safety and tranquility. (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a gray brick building with windows

A house in the Syrian Passage (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of two men walking at night next to a puddle

Rain reflection (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of red and white balloons draped across a restaurant hallway alit by lanterns

Syrian Passage (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of people fishing on a bridge in Istanbul

Fisherman in Eminonu (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a few people standing in an enclosed restaurant courtyard

“Cicek Pasaji” — Flower Passage — one of the most attractive complexes remaining from the 19th century. The passage is home for tavern lovers with its famous “Yorgonun Meyhanesi” — Yorgo’s Tavern (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a cobblestone road in Istanbul

A cozy street with Hagia Sophia view (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of people waiting for a trolley

A tram on Istiklal Avenue. The tram station used to start from a tunnel that connected two districts, namely Karakoy and Taksim. The tunnel is the oldest subway infrastructure in the world. (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a man walking past a storefront

Portrait of Zeki Muren (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a food cart

Classical chestnut sales on Istiklal Avenue (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a man blowing bubbles

Bubbles (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a man walking in the street

A person walking on Istiklal Avenue (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a blurry horse and cart

One of the iconic horse carriages of Buyukada (Eran Kohen Behar/Staff)

Photo of an elderly woman seated with an illuminated bridge in the background

Şuayup Tea House with a bridge reflection (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of seagulls flying over the water

Ne deniz martıya ne martı denize küser. Bazen uzakta kalsa(k)lar da birbir(imizi)lerini bulur(uz)lar
English: Neither a seagull quarrels the sea nor the sea quarrels a seagull. Though they might remain distant for a short while, they will always find each other. (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Photo of a sidewalk drummer

Music by the people (Can Jozef Saul/Staff)

Contact Can Jozef Saul and Eran Kohen Behar at [email protected] and [email protected].