It is good for all of us that BBC opens up its vast archive of video and audio; its collection has been in the process of being digitised, and uploaded onto the BBC Archives website, which is said to be the largest broadcasting archive in the world, with over 12 million items.
Thanks to this decision, we are now able to see images from old Istanbul, as BBC sometimes releases material about the city. The last one among them have just been published today, which is simply fascinating, as it shows us Istanbul’s mesmerising look in 1975. The previous one, which was published a few days ago, was a five-minutes long video, that was shot in 1958 for a documentary series “Hellenic Cruise” and mainly focus on the old quarter, with its oriental-fantasy skyline of domes and minarets, which glitter invitingly. You are also able to see the historical buildings in detail, the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Valens Aqueduct, Rumelian Fortress, the walls of Constantinople are among them.
You can watch videos below.