Constantinople Vilayet

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Vilâyet-i İstanbul
Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire

Location of Istanbul Vilayet
Istanbul Vilayet with the Sanjaks of Çatalca and Izmit (1907)
 -  Established 1878
 -  Disestablished 1922
 -  Muslim, 1914[1] 560,434 
 -  Greek, 1914[1] 205,752 
 -  Armenian, 1914[1] 82,880 
 -  Jewish, 1914[1] 52,126 
Today part of  Turkey

The Vilayet of Constantinople[2] or Istanbul was a first-level administrative division (vilayet) of the Ottoman Empire, encompassing the imperial capital, Constantinople (Istanbul).

It had a special organisation, as it was placed under the immediate authority of the Minister of Police (Zabtiye Naziri), who filled a role equivalent to the governor (wali) in other vilayets.[3]

It included Istanbul and the quarters of Eyüp, Kassim Pacha, Pera and Galata, and all the suburbs from Silivri on the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea on the European side, and from Ghili on the Black Sea to the end of the Gulf of İzmit on the Asiatic side.[3]

In 1878, a provincial structure, with a governor (wāli) and provincial officers, was established to perform the same functions within Istanbul that provincial authorities performed elsewhere in the Empire.[4]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Sanjaks and kazas, circa 1877:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "1914 Census Statistics". Turkish General Staff. pp. 605–606. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Geographical Dictionary of the World. Concept Publishing Company. p. 1796. ISBN 978-81-7268-012-1. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Baker, James (1877). Turkey in Europe. Cassell, Petter & Galpin. pp. 515–516. 
  4. ^ Stanford Jay Shaw; Ezel Kural Shaw (1977). History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. Cambridge University Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-521-29166-8. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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