National Geographic : 1951 Aug
© National Geographic Society 149 Kodachlrome by Maynard Owen Williams Gaily Painted Caiques, istanbul's Water Taxis, Ply the Golden Horn This strategic harbor, a 5-mile-long arm of the Bosporus, has witnessed Byzantine and Ottoman Empire glories. Now it watches the steady advance of the modern Republic of Turkey. The sickle-shaped waterway, separating the city's old and new quarters, enjoys protected calm in all seasons. Ships bearing the world's commerce reach it from Mediterranean and Black Seas. Across the harbor from Galata (foreground), the graceful dome and minarets of the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent seem to float in space (page 150). There, on December 14, 1950, thousands gathered to ask Allah's blessing on the Turkish Brigade, fighting for the United Nations in Korea. In the newly redecorated chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington, D. C., both the Turkish Suleiman and the Byzantine emperor Justinian are shown on two of 23 marble plaques representing men who contributed to the evolution of American law. University of Istanbul buildings crown the hilltop to the left.