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Flag of İstanbul Province - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 October 2017
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.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 8 October 2017
Former flag of İstanbul Province
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
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
image by Tomislav Šipek, 25 August 2021
A red variant of the Istanbul Province flag is seen at
Tomislav Šipek, 25 August 2021
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
Flag of the İstanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, current and former versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 28 August 2019
The flag of the İstanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (photo) is white with the directorate's emblem, which is based on the emblem of the Ministry of National Education.
The former flag of the İstanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education (photo, photo, photo) was the former flag of the Ministry of National Education with the directorate's name written beneath the emblem in black capital letters.
Ivan Sache, 28 August 2019
Flag of İSTESOB - Image by Ivan Sache, 2 November 2019
İSTESOB (website) grouping now 148 members, was established on 24 April 1951.
The flag of İSTESOB (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the union's emblem.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2019