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Beşiktaş (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Beşiktaş, three versions - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 27 October 2017

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Presentation of Beşiktaş

The municipality of Beşiktaş (186,067 inhabitants in 2012; 2,133 ha) is located on the European shore of Bosphorus.

Ivan Sache, 21 February 2016

Flag of Beşiktaş

The flag of Beşiktaş, used horizontally or vertically (photo), is made of the municipality's embem. The emblem is also shown on a white horizontal flag (photo). "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".

The emblem of the municipality features the Gate of the Treasury (Hazine-i Hassa Kapısı) of the Dolmabahçe Palace (photo), erected from 1843 to 1856 by the 31st Ottoman Sultan, Abdulmecid (1839-1861). The palace was divided into three sections, the State Apartments, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Imperial Harem. The place of death of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the palace was used as the seat of the Presidency of the Republic from 1927 to 1938. The Dolmabahçe Palace was transformed into a palace-museum in 1984 (official website).

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 21 February 2016

Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club

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Flags of Beşiktaş JK - Images by Ivan Sache & António Martins, 6 November 2016

Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club (Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü), established in 1903, is probably the oldest Turkish sports club. Its football department won the Turkish championship in the super-league 11 times between 1957 and 2009, and also the Turkish amateur championship four times between 1934 and 1988.

The flag of Beşiktaş JK is horizontally divided black-white-black-white-black, with the national flag in canton, two-stripe wide.
Another club's flag of the same design (photo) is charged with the club's emblem in the center.
The club's supporters also use a flag horizontally divided black-white-black (1:2:1) with the club's emblem in the middle (photo).

The emblem is made of a shield outlined in black and white, vertically divided black-white-black-white-black. The letters "BJK" appears in chief in counterchanged colours. The year of foundation, "1903", appears in base with two digits in the central stripe. inbetween is a red inescutcheon charged with a white crescent pointing upawards and ensigned by a white five-pointed star.

Dov Gutterman, Jarig Bakker, Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 9 December 2016