The Old World Splendor of Istanbul

The Old World Splendor of Istanbul

Turkish photographer Oğuzhan Ates sought to uncover Istanbul's hidden treasures, going beyond the iconic spots.

Istanbul

Seagulls and cats became integral elements, bringing an authentic and lesser-known charm to the frames.

"I extend my gratitude to Culturs and its global audience for this incredible opportunity," he says.

Culturs Magazine - Istanbul

(Above photo: Sirkeci Station. RailTech.com says Istanbul is the destination most associated with the historic Orient Express.)

Fresh juice seller in Hagia Sofia Square.

(Above photo: Fresh juice seller in Hagia Sofia Square.)

The German Fountain and the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, in snow.

(Above photo: The German Fountain and the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, in snow.)

Istanbul is a city with a rich history and diverse culture, with one aspect of its charm being the presence of cats and dogs throughout the city.

Cats in Istanbul

Stray felines are a common sight in Istanbul, with estimates suggesting that around 125,000 live on the streets.

Cats in Istanbul

These furry felines have become a beloved part of the city’s culture and locals and visitors alike care for them.

Cat in Istanbul

Some cats even have dedicated caregivers who provide them with food, water and medical attention.

Dogs in Istanbul

Dogs are also present in Istanbul, though not to the same extent.

Dog in Istanbul

Many dogs in Istanbul are strays, and locals often care for them too. As a result, there are also a growing number of animal welfare organizations and shelters that work to provide care and find homes for these dogs.

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