Young Adult Books (ages 12+)Narratives

İstanbul Masalı
The Story of Istanbul

Mine Soysal

Illustrator: Betül Sayın

The thousands of years story of Istanbul, one of the oldest cities, from the very beginning until today!

In this special narrative, archaeologist and writer Mine Soysal tells the 300.000-year-old colorful story of the world city Istanbul, from prehistoric times to present, to readers of all ages. From the geological formation process of the Marmara Region to the first people who came to the region, from the Yarımburgaz Cave to the first villages established, from the first port city of Byzantion to Constantinople, the legendary capital of the Byzantine Empire; from the powerful capital of the Ottoman Empire to Istanbul, the tired megapolis of today she tells a continous and unique settlement story. The narrative, enriched with watercolored drawings of Betül Sayın, inspired a documentary film titled “Istanbul Tale with Mine Soysal” in the “Faces of Istanbul” documentary series of İZ TV in 2015.


An interesting reading for all ages, this book based on historical data relating to the story of Istanbul, one of the largest cities of Europe, since its foundation. The story of the settlement starts with the geological formation process and extends to the first settlers, from the Yarımburgaz Cave to the first villages, from the first harbour town Byzantion to Constantinople, the capital of the celebrated Byzantine Empire, from the capital of the Ottoman Empire to the world city Istanbul. The book is animated with miniature like illustrations by Betül Sayın.

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Mine Soysal

Mine Soysal

Mine Soysal was born in 1959 in İstanbul. Soysal graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Ancient Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in 1981. Until 1994 she worked as an archeologist and researcher in Istanbul Archeology Museums and implemented exhibition projects. She founded Günışığı Kitaplığı in 1996, a publishing house specialised in Turkish and world literature for children and young adults. In 2005, she prepared the story book Ala, the Child on the Road (Ala Çocuk Yollarda) for children. She currently […]
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108 pages
200x230 mm
1st edition: 2003
13th edition: 2022
ISBN: 978-975-8142-86-6
Barcode: 978 975 8142 866


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