TURKEY: ISTANBUL

THE JURY SPEAKERS

Ayaz (13)
Hello, my name is Ayaz Ceylan. I’m 13 years old. I live in Istanbul and I am a student. I have a 4-year-old brother. My mother is a photographer and a scriptwriter and my father is a film director. I love spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy making films for my Youtube channel in my free time. I also love going to the cinema as much as I can because I love movies.
Yasemin (12)

Hello, my name is Yasemin and I'm 12 years old. I'm from Turkey, and I live in the city of Istanbul. I'm an only child, and I'm in sixth grade. My favourite classes are English and Social Studies. I'm really interested in critical thinking and reading e-books.

Movies are my passion so I was very happy when I got the opportunity to be here at such a young age!

I'm really interested in movies with deeper meanings, so I'm looking forward to seeing some films that have deep meanings. I usually watch movies at home with my mom, and we usually end up talking about the movie for hours and hours.

ISTANBUL

inhabitants: 14.4 mio

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the only transcontinental stop on this trip (part of Istanbul is in Europe, part is in Asia).

Founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, it was called Constaninople for nearly sixteen hundred years and served as an imperial capital for the Roman and Byzantine, the Latin and Ottoman empires before becoming known as Istanbul. The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European an Asian side. Istanbul is is a big exciting metropolis and full of stories.

To start, you can take a walk down Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street to Galata, the other side of the Golden Horn and home of the Genoese colony from the 6th to 15th century.

One of the most famous sights is the Hagia Sophia, originally a Greek Orthodox basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum, with its 107 columns and Empereror's Door (a door which used to be for the Byzantine emperors only)

Directly opposite is Sultanahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque) with its six minaret towers, various domes and balconies and carpet-covered floors.

Another highlight is a visit to one of the covered markets, like the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 stalls selling carpets, leather goods, jewelry, spices, Turkish delight, tea, and much more.

Ferries connect the European to the Asian side. Or you could take a trip across the Sea of Marmara to the Princes' Island Büyükada.