List of districts in Istanbul that have the most ‘old’ buildings

While the number of buildings in Istanbul built in 2000 and before exceeds 817 thousand, these buildings make up 70.2% of the total. In this area, Fatih leads with 39 thousand 786 buildings, followed by Uskudar with 35 thousand 353 and Bagcilar with 34 thousand 618.

While 7 out of every 10 buildings in Istanbul are over 20 years old, the number of residences in these buildings, whose construction date is 2000 and before, exceeds 3.1 million.

According to the information compiled from the Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute report, there are 1 million 164 thousand buildings and 4.5 million apartments in Istanbul and an average of 3.3 people live in each flat. According to the AA news, Istanbul, which is located in the region where the North Anatolian Fault Line passes and where a major earthquake is expected, attracts attention with its old and anticipated housing stock.

In a possible earthquake of 7.5 and above, 13 thousand 492 buildings are expected to be very heavy, 39 thousand 325 buildings heavy, 136 thousand 746 buildings medium and 300 thousand 963 buildings lightly damaged.

While experts draw attention to the buildings built in 1999 and before, when the great Marmara Earthquake took place, the number of buildings in Istanbul from 2000 and before exceeds 817 thousand. These buildings constitute 70.2% of the total buildings (1 million 165 thousand units).

Considering that there are an average of 3.8 apartments in a building in Istanbul, there are 3.1 million residences in these buildings.


Fatih is at the top of the districts with buildings dating back to 2000 and before, with 39 thousand 786 units.

Fatih is followed by Uskudar with 35 thousand 353, Bagcilar with 34 thousand 618, Pendik with 34 thousand 592, Beykoz with 34 thousand 333, Umraniye with 33 thousand 727 and Sariyer with 33 thousand 68 buildings.

There are 28 thousand 156 buildings in Kucukcekmece, 26 thousand 630 in Silivri, 24 thousand 992 in Beyoglu, 24 thousand 685 in Maltepe, 23 thousand 800 in Esenyurt, 23 thousand 702 in Kartal, 23 thousand 690 in Kagithane, 23 thousand 275 in Sultanbeyli, 22 thousand 923 in Sultangazi, 22 thousand 137 in Eyupsultan, 21 thousand 161 in Gaziosmanpasa.

It is estimated that the number of buildings over 20 years old in 18 districts of Istanbul is over 20 thousand.


The minimum number of buildings from 2000 and before is in Princes’ Islands, the district with the lowest population of Istanbul, with 5,325 units.

Beylikduzu with 6 thousand 262, Gungoren with 9 thousand 800, Bakirkoy with 9 thousand 961, Catalca with 11 thousand 129, Besiktas with 12 thousand 467 and Zeytinburnu with 12 thousand 697 follow Princes’ Islands.

There are 14 thousand buildings in Tuzla, Cekmekoy, Basaksehir and Buyukcekmece, 16 thousand in Avcilar and Sancaktepe, and around 18 thousand in Atasehir, Sile, Esenler, Kadikoy and Bayrampasa, around 19 thousand buildings in Sisli, Arnavutkoy and Bahcelievler that are built in 2000 and before.

Source: / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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