The Hayirsizada Dog Massacre

Istanbul has many fascinating sights, from grand mosques to bustling bazaars, but one thing that has most consistently captured the imagination of foreign travelers to the city has been its street dogs.

“The dogs sleep in the streets, all over the city,” wrote Mark Twain in 1867. “They would not move, through the Sultan himself passed by.”

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Stray dogs on the streets of Istanbul. Photo: Istanbul Research Institute


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