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    Istanbul University

    by mikey_e Written Dec 6, 2012
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    Istanbul, as a city with over 13 million people, has a number of universities spread over the two sides of the Bosporus. While there were schools of higher learning in Byzantine Constantinople, the tradition of a university in the European sense did not continue after the Ottoman conquest, and it was only in the 1860s that the House of Sciences, or Darülfünun (later to become the University of Istanbul) was founded. It was surpressed in the 1870s by the Sultan, but then reopened at the turn of the century. Its primary focus was pure sciences, philology and theology, as tentative steps towards the modernization of the educational system (a similar opening was witnessed in neighbouring Persia under the Qajars). These were supplemented with a greater number of liberal arts and social sciences just before the collapse of the Empire, and after the foundation of the Republic the school became a state school. Today, Istanbul University has five campuses, but the main campus is on Beyzadit Square, and it has a beautiful façade with neo-Moorish accents and green tiles, undoubtedly a loan from similar neo-Moorish trends at the same period in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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    Istanbul university

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2012

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    The place was founded after conquer of Constantinople in 1453, at that time the madrassah (Islam religious school) was opened. Later, in 1863 it was already named as House of Sciences (institution of higher education). From beginning of 20th century it had a name of Imperial University and had sciences of mathematics, philosophy, arts, theology, science, law, medicine.

    The most interesting thing here is university gates and tower that is visible further. It is not possible to enter gates, as that’s only check – in for university students.

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    The gates of the Istanbul University

    by hekate Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The gates of the Istanbul University

    I saw departments of the university in different pats of Istanbul but as far as I am aware the core of the Istanbul University is situated in Beyazit.

    You will find the gates you see on the picture on Beyazit Square right opposite the Beyazit Mosque. I have been told that these are considered to be the main gates of the university. Originally, during the time of the Ottoman era, the gates of the University were the portals of the War Ministry.

    Some history
    The campus of the University of Istanbul now occupies the ground on which Mehmet the Conqueror built his first palace.

    After the construction of Topkapi Palace, the palace, from that time named the Old Seraglio (Eski Saray), became the abode of the wifes and concubines who had lost the sultan's favour, of the aged ladies and of the wives of previous sultans.

    The old wooden palace was demolished by Sultan Mahmut II and the Ottoman Ministry of War and its magnificent gateway were erected on its site.

    Since the years following the establishment of the Turkish Republic, the neo-classical building was allocated to Istanbul University.

    Istanbul University is one of the oldest universities in Europe (founded in 1453), and the oldest in Turkey. It was modernised by Kemal Ataturk in 1933.

    In the firts years of its existence, the university was based in Beyazit the historic area in the environs, but with the passage of time, it expanded to locations in many regions of Istanbul.

    If you want to learn more about the history of the University you could check the link below.

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    Istanbul University

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 3, 2011

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    I took a wander around Istanbul after lunch and came across Istanbul University on Beyazit Square.

    The university has been around for a long time and was founded immediately after Mehmed II conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453.

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    Istanbul Üniversitesi

    by MM212 Updated Mar 2, 2010

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    Located on the grounds of the first Ottoman imperial residence, Eski Palace, the Istanbul University occupies a central location in Istanbul. The imposing gate on Beyazıt Square, seen in the main attached photograph, guards the university like a fortress. The university campus extends from Beyazıt Square to the Süleymaniye Camii (Mosque of Soliman the Magnificent), and contains a large wooded garden and the Beyazıt tower, built in the 19th century to look out for fires. The main university building is the previous Ottoman ministry of war. Visits, including a long climb up Beyazıt tower for panoramic views of Istanbul, are permissible. I chose to save my energy...

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    University of Istanbul

    by MikeAtSea Written Oct 6, 2008

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    The Moorish Style entrance to the University of Istanbul looks almost like the entrance to a fortress. This is due to the original building dating back to the 19th century served once as Ministry of War. Today this is the main University of Istanbul and students from all over the world study here.

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    Istanbul University (Main Gate)

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Well, one can't get inside to walk around the campus of the oldest university in Istanbul because access is limited to students and staff. However one can view the outside of the grand entrance gate on the north end of Beyazit Square. The gate is leftover from the time when Mehment the Conqueror used this location for his first palace, the Eski Sarayi in the mid-15th century. He moved to Topkapi Palace after it was completed and Eski Sarayi was used to house former valide sultans (mothers of the reigning sultan) when their sons died as they were forced to leave Topkapi. The university was established originally as a center for theological studies.

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    Istanbul University

    by JohnniOmani Written Apr 10, 2007

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    The Impressive Entrance

    Istanbul University is a huge place but a place that I kinda of just wanted to explore because you generally meet eager young people that want to practice their English so you end up getting a great insight into the city if you are lucky to meet someone who has the time. The first thing you notice is the great gateway on the north side of the square with its huge Turkish flags blowing in the wind. The guards will let you in and the grounds are very pretty. There are a lot of trees (great to relax and get out of the sun during the summer) and it has an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed. The university itself is nice but what I didnt realize was that if you go to the far area of the university past the basketball courts you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Suleymaniye Camii which is one of Istanbuls most incredible mosque complexes. The journey to the university is worth the view.

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    Istanbul University

    by midnight_mike Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Istanbul University is one of Europe’s oldest schools of higher education. Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror opened the university in 1453, right after gaining control of the city from the Byzantines.

    In its early years, it was a center of Islamic teaching and thought. With the formation of modern Turkey, Mustafa KemalAtaturk envisioned Istanbul University as a vehicle for modern and progressive thought.

    There are many sights within close proximity of the school’s front gates, including Suleymaniye Mosque, Beyazit Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the remnants of the Forum of Theodosius.

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    Gates of Istanbul University

    by Erkmen Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    Gates of Ist. Uni..

    Istanbul University is the first University of the Turkish republic, founded on the 10th anniversary of the Republic in 1933. Indeed the history of the university lies far beyond, it is name and structure has been established mainly in 1933.

    Though the departments of the university is spreaded in different regions around Istanbul, The gates of the Beyazit Campus are considered to be the main entrance...

    The University hosts thousands of students, besides being a university, the elegant style of the Entrance gates and the Garden are very attractive between locals and tourists. The gates are located in Beyazit square, near Covered bazaar, is also an easy reachable destination in the touristy area.. The tram just pass nearby.. If you drop at Beyazit stop, you need to walk around 150 meters and behind you will see the square and the gates..

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    IU Gate

    by Lion_Beat Written Jul 1, 2003

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    Istanbul University Gate

    The Entrance gate of The Istanbul Universitesi. You will enter the central university campus through that gate.
    The gate itself is marvelous, but what you should do is enter their!!!
    Because inside you will find a gorgeous old park and the Fire Tower, not to mention the view you will get from inside to the Bosphorus, Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, The Golden Horn, Bosphorus Bridge, etc...
    ...but...
    It's not allowed inside, so what you'll have to do is ask to get in. Sometimes turists manage to get in!

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    Grand Portal of Istanbul University

    by Sirvictor Updated Oct 28, 2009

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    Till 1922 this portal was the main gate into Imperial War Ministry of Ottoman Turkish Empire. Now it is Istanbul Uni.

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  • Istanbul university

    by macicka Updated Sep 4, 2004
    Gate of I.U.

    The oldest university in Turkey is situated in Beyazit. There's Beyazit tower in the area of university and you can find a good place to take photo of Suleymaniye mosque from this area.

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