The sights of Istanbul are seen from the air and the sea in this travelogue.
Aerial views of the city; a Sabena aircraft in flight. Several shots of Santa Sophia Mosque; the Golden Horn and Galata Bridge; men board boats that chug out into the harbour; people walk over the bridge, porters carry sacks and palates. On a moored boat a man feeds fish to a pelican. A man on the quayside displays fish around the rim of a bucket. Fish is grilled on a fish stall boat; a young man bites into a fish roll.
A man in the street sells bread rings; a man in a suit has his shoes shined. Aerial view of the city, taken from a helicopter. Several shots of ferries on the Bosporus Sea; views from the boats show mosques and houses beside the river. More aerial views of the city show the old and new architecture. From a boat on the Bosporus we see the Dolmabache Palace.
Aerial view from a helicopter of the ancient wall built around Byzantium (later Constantinople); more shots from a boat travelling along the Bosporus. Numerous fishing boats are moored; on the quayside a man carries live fish on a rope that wriggle before the camera. Nice brief C/U of an old man smoking a cigarette in a holder. At a fish stall a boy brings coffee for the vendor. On a moored boat a man barbecues some fish over an old tin. Other men mend their boats and fishing nets.
Several shots of the castle built by Mohammed the Conqueror; a young couple climb up the hill to the main tower. Shots from a boat of another castle and houses on the Asiatic side of the sea; more fishing boats seen in this tranquil village. At another point on the Bosporus we see modern hotels beside the water.
A man sits at a waterside cafe and smokes from a hubble-bubble pipe; various shots of the Blue Mosque exterior and the stained-glass windows inside.
Cuts exist - see separate record.