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Beyazıt Square on the Day of the Republic

Beyazıt Square on the Day of the Republic, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Beyazıt Square on the Day of the Republic
Description:View of Beyazıt meydanı crowded with spectators at the Cumhuriyet bayramı parade, taken from an elevated position. In the foreground, a wide area has been freed for the parade. It is empty except for a few soldiers, on foot or on horseback, who are passing in front of the waiting crowd. Further down the street, two cars are following a parade formation. In the centre background, the University Gate can be seen with a pavilion in front, also crowded. Behind are Darülfünun (İstanbul Üniversitesi) and the Beyazıt Tower topped with a large Turkish flag. An electrical street light is prominent in the lower right corner, with its bulb in front of the camera.
Comment:With the exception of 1934 and 1938, when the official parade was restricted to Taksim Square, the parade in Istanbul during the twenties and thirties followed a well-established scheme: The parading soldiers and students would gather and form up in front of Darülfünun (İstanbul Üniversitesi) , thereafter starting the parade on Beyazıt meydanı at around 11 a.m. The parade would then set out to Hagia Sophia, cross Galata Bridge and finally reach Taksim Square via İstiklal Caddesi.
Date:Not before 1930-10-29, Not after 1935-10-29
Location:Istanbul, Beyazıt, Fatih
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Keywords:520 Recreation > 527 Rest Days and Holidays
180 Total Culture > 186 Cultural Identity and Pride
340 Structures > 349 Miscellaneous Structures
360 Settelments > 363 Streets and Traffic
360 Settelments > 365 Public Utilities
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: BEYAZIT MEYDANI - HAVUZ - CUMHURIYET BAYRAMI - 29 EKIM 1933
Editors:Yorick Tanner, Cengiz Kahraman, Nataša Mišković