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Sultanbeyli (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Sultanbeyli, four versions - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 4 December 2017

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Presentation of Sultanbeyli

The municipality of Sultanbeyli (324,709 inhabitants in 2016; 4,200 ha) is located inland of the Anatolian part of İstanbul. Established on 31 December 1987 as a subdistrict municipality part of Kartal, Sultanbeyli was separated as a district municipality in 1992.

Ivan Sache, 7 December 2017

Flag of Sultanbeyli

The flag of Sultanbeyli (photo, photo) is dark blue with the district's emblem. The flag is also used vertically, blue or white with he writing either blue (photo) or black (image). "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".

The emblem of Sultanbeyli, adopted on 7 December 2009, features the İstanbul crocus, Crocus olivieri Gay subsp. istanbulensis B. Mathew. Endemic of the forests surrounding Aydos castle, the İstanbul crocus was elevated as a subspecies of C. olivieri Gay by the British botanist Brian Mathew (The Crocus, a Revision of the Genus Crocus (Iridaceae). London, 1982).
Morphological and anatomical distinguish C. olivieri subsp. istanbulensis from the two other subspecies, C. olivieri subsp. olivieri and C. olivieri subsp. balansae (K. Yetişen, U. Şen, T. Yıldırım & C. Özdemir. 2013. Morphological and anatomical study on endemic Crocus olivieri Gay subsp. istanbulensis Mathew subspecies (Iridaceae). Anadolu University Journal of Science and Technology. C: Life Sciences and Biotechnology, 3, 31-37 PDF file).

Aydos Forest will be turned into a “picnic area” with the construction of restaurants, convenience stores, cafes, dressing rooms, toilets, walking areas and a parking lot, according to the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning. The protected forest will become home to recreational facilities as part of a ministry plan, Doğan News Agency reported March 24.
The plan regarding Aydos Castle and the area surrounding it encompasses nearly 39.6 hectares of space. The plan states that the Aydos Castle and the area around it, which is a first-degree natural and cultural protected area, are home to endemic plants and flower. The plan was formed as restoration on Aydos Castle, which began in 2010, is now drawing to a close.
Speaking about the plan, the Kanlıca Forest Management Directorate said the area could not be subjected to construction and that the plan should exclude the forest area. The İstanbul crocus normally blossoms in February. Typically just 20 to 30 plants are found in the woods each year.
[Hürriyet Daily News, 24 March 2017]

The flower is the namesake of the International Istanbulensis Poetry Festival (website), whose 5th edition was held in Sultanbeyli in May 2017.

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 7 December 2017

Former flag of Sultanbeyli


Former flag of Sultanbeyli - Image by Jens Pattke, 18 November 2012

The former flag of Sultanbeyli was white with the municipality's former emblem. "Belediyese Başkanlığı" means "Municipality Presidency".

Tomislav Šipek, 18 November 2012

Sultanbeyli Belediyespor


Flag of Sultanbeyli Belediyespor - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2016

Sultanbeyli Belediyespor (Sultanbeyli Belediyesi Spor Kulübü) was established in 1986 by the municipality of Sultanbeyli. The club won the top amateur league in the 2014-2015 season and was promoted to the lowest professional league for the first time in its history.

The flag of Sultanbeyli Belediyespor (photo, photo, photo) is white with the club's emblem in the center. The main elements of the emblem is the same as on the municipal emblem.

Ivan Sache, 7 December 2016