The Conquest Route of Istanbul does not represent an absolute route or a trace. Rather than opening an academical debate about the route’s exact coordinates, it aims to unveil the urban cultural memory, historical layers, and its possible traces. The project focuses on spatial and urban problems at the urban and human scale. By presenting the public how Mehmed the Conqueror made the impossible possible with his genius strategical creativity, our intention is to revive the Route of Conquest and make it an inspirational experience for the future generations.

Mehmed the Conqueror hauled 71 galleys of Ottoman Navy from Tophane to Golden Horn. The galleys were hauled through a steep hill of 65 meters between the two coasts. For this reason, these two areas where the route meets the water become very important for the project.

In nature, best examples for such phenomena where linear scratches or gouges cut into the earth are glacial striations.

The linear traces and scratches on the topography, as in a glacial striation, marks back the struggle, galleys, movement and dynamism of the act of conquest into the urban fabric. Subdued and two dimensional at the start of the route, these traces turn into strongly emphasized three dimensional formations at the end of the route, ascending and referencing to the seven hills of Istanbul.


Project Title: Fetih Yolu 

Program: Urban Design 

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Start of Planning: 2016

Route Length: 2 km

Gross Floor Area: 50000 m²



Architect: Aytac Architects

Project Team: Alper Aytaç (principle), Artun Aşkın, Sebla Arslan, Çağlar Yazıcı,  Melike Yetim, Merve Alçın Ersoy, Maide Aybala Petek, Beyza Turgutlu

Landscape Architect: Gülşen Aytaç,Ahmet Cengiz Yildizci (CEVSA Peyzaj)

Renderings: MIR