2011 08 01

Europe’s largest palace of justice in Istanbul

Istanbul Palace of Justice, the largest one of its kind in Europe, was officially inaugurated last week.

The new courthouse built in Caglayan neighborhood of Istanbul’s European side is one of the highest-cost construction projects in Turkey.

There are 326 hearing rooms, 267 offices for prosecutors, 442 offices for judges as well as a 354-seat conference hall and four 50-seat seminary halls. The gigantic complex also has rooms for lawyers, dining halls, cafeterias, library, day-care center, post office, bank branches and health units.

A total of 275 security personnel are employed apart from 30 police officers to provide security for the 19-storey building, which houses around 5,000 personnel.


  • SpaceX successfully lands its first reusable rocket

    A handout picture made available by SpaceX on 22 December 2015 shows SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully landing upright at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 21 December 2015. Private space flight company SpaceX successfully returned a rocket to Earth following a satellite launch on 21 December after two earlier attempts failed.

  • Entry to Istanbul Photo Awards still open

    International competition run by Anadolu Agency saw 12,000 applications last year.

  • 150-million-year-old dinosaur footprints found in Tunis

    150-million-year-old dinosaur footprints are seen in Tataouine's Gamrassin district, Tunis on December 13, 2015. At least hundreds of 150-million-year-old dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Tataouine, Tunis.

  • Epic tale of Ottoman sailors remembered in Istanbul

    Istanbul museum receives model of Japanese warship which returned Turkish survivors of the 1890 ‘Ertugrul’ frigate disaster.

  • An aerial view of Istanbul

    An aerial view of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge which links Europe and Asia and Bosphorus is seen in Istanbul, Turkey on December 09, 2015.


  • World Leader in Transit Passengers

    Carrying 18 million passengers in the Asia-Europe transit corridor in 2010, Turkey saw the highest increase in transit passenger numbers in the world. 

  • Public debt ratio lowest in Europe

    The ratio of Turkey’s public debt to national income has dropped to 28.2 percent from 61.4 percent 10 years ago.  

11,500 km

The length of natural gas pipeline in Turkey as of 2010

  • Scholarship to Returning Academics

    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey now offers 3. 250 TL monthly scholarship to returning academics who complete their Ph.Ds abroad. 

  • Every student has Internet Access

    Every school in Turkey now has ADSL internet connection.  

  • Record Growth in Technology Sector

    The Turkish technology sector grew 19.4% in 2010, closing the year with 17.5 billion TL revenue. 

  • 5000 more licensed tourist guides

    The number of licensed tourist guides has risen to 12,517 in 2010, from 7,658 eight years ago. 

  • Investing in Farmers

    Turkey increased agricultural investments in the past 10 years from 1.8 billion TL to 9 billion TL.  

  • Government Takes Care of Traffic Accident Victims

    The government now covers all medical expenses of those injured in traffic accidents. 

  • Double-lane roads save 1525 lives

    The number of people who were killed in traffic accidents dropped to 4,041 in 2010 from 5,566 in 2000 thanks to 13,500 more kilometers of double-lane roads, which saved 1,525 lives a year on average. 

  • First step for Turkish fighter jet

    Feasibility works have been launched for first Turkish fighter jet planned to be completed by 2023, the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. 

  • Care for Pregnant Women Under Risk

    12.275 women benefited from the "guest mother" program, which provides care to pregrant women under risk in health centers before delivery.