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Jonas, a German architect, took initiative to leave his past and move to the city of Istanbul, making his dream a reality. Join Jonas on his journey, and become inspired as Turkish Airlines captures his story in a delightful way.
Jonas Kirsch, born in 1985, grew up in St. Wendel, Germany, a town located near the country’s borders with Luxembourg and France. Since a young age, he has harbored a deep love for travel. Fortunately, his parents shared this passion and often exposed Jonas to new sites and cities around the world.
As an adult, Jonas pursued architecture as a profession, a choice that reflected his growing arsenal of experiences around the world, including his appreciation for unique structures and diverse designs. To him, the fruits of architecture could be perhaps the most honest reflection of any given place’s culture, culminated history and overall perspective.
He began his studies at one of the top architecture universities in the world in 2006 in Aachen, which is located at the focal point of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Even as a student, he continued to balance his studies with travel and exploration.
In one of his university courses about eastern architecture, he was introduced to the oriental architect Mimar Sinan, a man whose work is world-renowned and well-loved. Jonas was very much influenced by Mimar Sinan and continuously derives inspiration in his work from the beloved architect.
Paired with his desire for a new experience, his fascination with Mimar Sinan is what initially led him to Istanbul, where he found much more than he had ever imagined. He found love.
Jonas fell in love with the city, the people and the cultural life and has thus been living in the magical city for 4 years. He continues to reside in one of the most beautiful areas of Istanbul – in Beyoğlu. He is involved in many large scale projects all over Turkey as well as renovations of some historical buildings in Istanbul.
Salacak, located at the coast of Bosphorous in the Üsküdar district promises the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Prepare yourself for the scenic view of Istanbul’s gorgeous skyline that this place famously offers!
Istanbul’s current economic centre, Maslak represents the modern face of the city. The giant skyscrapers and plazas add a different texture to Istanbul’s landscape.
Perhaps one of the most important symbols of Istanbul, dating back to 24 BC. The Maiden’s Tower built on the Bosphorous on a small island, is a subject of many historical legends. Over the course of history, the tower has provided light & guidance to the boats passing. Today this tower serves as a restaurant and is especially popular among lovestruck couples.
The liveliest streets in the city since the 19th century, the Istiklal is a favourite haunt among tourists and locals alike. Bustling with people round the clock, this main street of 1.4km connects to narrower ones. It is known to be flocked with around 1 million people at once!
Karaköy is one of the oldest districts of Istanbul. It was the economic center in the Ottoman time period. Today it harbors magnificent cafes overlooking the Bosphorous. It also has a wide range of museums offering a blend of modern & contemporary Turkish art, which also maintains the historical aspect of the Turkish history.
The Galata Tower, located in the Galata district of Istanbul is one of the most important symbols of the city built in 528 AD. The tower offers panoramic views of the Golden Horn on the Bosphorous. This highest building in the city since 1348, the Galata Tower gives a great opportunity to dine in at a restaurant on the top while savoring the beautiful view of the city!
Hagia Sophia, is one of the oldest buildings of Istanbul. Built in the 6th century by the Byzantine, it was first made a cathedral. Later in 15th century the building was converted into a mosque & since 1935 it became a museum. Basilica mosaics and Islamic artifacts, the Hagia Sophia has both to please the eyes of the onlooker.
Mimar Sinan's incredible work for Sultan Suleiman, this mosque was built in the 16th century. In the past, this mosque comprised of tons of buildings such as a hamam, a library, a hospital inside the structure. Mimar Sinan's tomb is also located in the top of the mosque.
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The Golden Horn is the name given from the estuary, which splits the old city of Istanbul form the hills of Beyoglu. Its calm and still nature welcomes row-boats and migrating birds throughout the year.