Maps of Istanbul


“All other cities are doomed,
but I imagine that as long as people
exist, Constantinople will exist.”
Petrus Gyllius

Assembling 100 maps that depict 500 years of Istanbul’s history, Ayse Yetiskin Kubilay’s work also bears traces of the book ‘Maps of Istanbul 1422-1922’

Braun&Hogenberg – 1522

At the bottom, there is the figure of the Sultan with his bodyguards. On both sides of the map, portraits of the Ottoman Sultans that had reigned until that period are depicted.


On the map cartridge, there is a German soldier with his war tools standing against an Ottoman janissary with his own arms.

Andelfinger – 1735

The map is designed to feature a beautiful panorama of the Golden Horn, beginning from Sarayburnu and ending in Eyup. On the right, there is a small map of the Balkans depicting the Ottoman Empire’s presence in the area. The Sultan’s kavug, placed in the middle of the map, bears a flag on it with the words “Timişoara, Petervaradin, Belgrade” which refer to the Petervaradin War in 1716 between the Ottomans and Austria. The Ottoman Empire was defeated in this war.

Grelot – 1680

Normally, the northern direction appears at the top of a map, but in this particular map, the north has been placed where the west would normally be.

Buondelmonte – 1422

The Buontelmonte map is the oldest map ever known in literature.

Necip Bey

Renowned 16th century scholar Petrus Gyllius likened Istanbul to an eagle with spread-out wings, upon his visit to the city to examine its Roman and Byzantine relics. Sarayburnu is the eagle’s beak and the tilting wings are Pera and the walled city.

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