“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” - Napoleón Bonaparte
Istanbul was the capital city of three major Empires: the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire during their rule, being the only city in the world that is both in Europe and Asia geographically.
I always find the Mediterranean countries very spiritual. They lead one to a profoundly meditative state. I can’t help but introduce Istanbul to you as the city surprisingly capable of awakening that odd sense of isolated spirituality irrespective of your race, creed, and religious beliefs.
This an ongoing photo-essay about Istanbul and its people, a city that is, to say the least, mystical.