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To set sail with love for the city…


To perceive the city as a trust. A trust that we have to coddle and carry on to the next generation without consuming, but by redesigning it with the values of our new age. And this can only be achieved with a great love, wisdom, and morality.

144 years of living in Istanbul

Kadir Topbas's father, whose family had come to Istanbul from Artvin in 1860s, opened up a 'muhallebi' store in Kasımpasa, in 1935. Topbas had spent his years as a child and youngster in this neighborhood. The fact that he knows the environment, culture, and people he serves to, makes him distinguished.


To supervise with team spirit…


A municipality conception which is carried to a point beyond the personal dimension, with a governing experience that is earned by architecture and art history education, and working within teams for years, will be the greatest advantage of the city.

Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the president of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) was born in Yusufeli, Artvin/Turkey in 1945. He graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Theology in 1972 and Mimar Sinan University, Department of Architecture in 1974. Mr. Topbaş earned his PhD degree from Istanbul University, Department of Art History and Archeology with a study on "Hidiv Kasrı and its place in Bosphorus civilian architecture". Mr. Topbaş worked as an architect for many years.

Mr. Topbaş worked as an adviser for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when Mr. Erdogan was the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality between the years of 1994 and 1998. During this period, he contributed to the restoration of the municipal palaces-summer palaces and historic buildings. Topbas also served as the deputy director of Istanbul 1st Cultural Heritage Protection and Monuments Committee of the Ministry of Culture.

Kadir Topbas became the Mayor of Beyoglu in 1999. During this period, he managed to implement the "Güzel Beyoğlu" ("Beautiful Beyoglu") Project.

Within the scope of "Urban Transformation and Social Rehabilitation" studies (in which he drew the architectural project), Topbas put a gymnasium-educational and social facilities complex into service, in Kasımpasa.

Topbas became a candidate for the Mayorship of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from AK Party in the 28 March 2004 Local Elections, and won with vast majority.

He published "Beyoglu: Kültürleri Buluşturan Kent" ("Beyoglu: The City Which Brings Cultures Together") with Bilgi University, "Geçmişten Günümüze Beyoglu I-II" ("Beyoglu From Past to Present I-II") and "Anılarda Beyoglu" ("Beyoglu in Memories") with TAC Foundation.

Kadir Topbas, who is a member of the supervisory board and trustee committe of TAC Foundation (Foundation of History and Environment), is married with three children. Topbas, who thinks of Istanbul as "deserving the best services" and expresses this by saying "My life is Istanbul", aims to transform Istanbul into a city that competes with the world metropolises.

Not to present what he does not approve...

The principle of the Mayor's father of not serving customers 'muhallebi' (a Turkish desert, resembling pudding) that was not prepared right, has been an indispensable tenet for Kadir Topbas. Considering his every initiative, he tends to present to the public only those which he approves for himself, too.

To be the voice of public...

Kadir Topbas perceives politics as an art of getting acquainted, joining together; and he calls this 'the school of politics.' In the school of politics where he joined 30 years ago, he has been carrying on to be the voice of public, and protector of desolates. By keeping in mind where he comes from and remaining real...

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