[PHOTOS] White İstanbul through the lens

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People ares seen at the Sultanahmet Square as the historical Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as Blue Mosque, is seen at the background during a snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 6, 2017. Erhan Sevenler / Anadolu Agency

While heavy snowfall and snowstorms have paralyzed life in İstanbul, they have also created an opportunity for photographers to capture “white İstanbul” over the last three days.

Heavy snow started late on Friday and was continuing across both the European and Asian sides of İstanbul as of Sunday, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and disruption for thousands of travellers.

The snowfall was forecast to lessen later in the day, but unusually cold temperatures, even for this time of year, well below freezing, were expected throughout the week.

Schools will be closed on Monday in 32 cities including İstanbul due to heavy snowfall.

 

People walk next to a tramway on İstiklal avenue during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 7, 2017. A heavy snowstorm paralysed life in Istanbul with hundreds of flights cancelled and the Bosphorus closed to shipping traffic. The snowstorm dumped almost 40 centimetres (16 inches) of snow in parts of the Turkish metropolis overnight, causing havoc on roads as travellers sought to leave the city for the weekend getaway. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
People walk next to a tram on İstiklal Avenue during snowfall in Istanbul on January 7, 2017. / AFP / YASIN AKGUL
A man walks in a snow covered sidewalk near the Bosphorus during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
A man walks on a snow-covered sidewalk near the Bosporus during heavy snowfall in Istanbul  on January 07, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
People walk at Taksim square during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
People walk in Taksim Square during snowfall in Istanbul on January 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
A man walks on snow covered Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Erhan Sevenler / Anadolu Agency
A man walks on the snow-covered Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn during heavy snowfall in Istanbul on January 07, 2017. Erhan Sevenler / Anadolu Agency
A stray dog stands in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum at the Blue mosque (Sultan Ahmet) district during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. Heavy snow blanketed Istanbul for a second day on January 8, 2017, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights and more disruption for thousands of travellers. The snowfall was forecast to lessen later in the day but unusually cold temperatures, even for the time of year, well below freezing were expected throughout the week / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
A stray dog stands in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum in the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) district during snowfall in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
People are seen around the Ortakoy mosque in snow covered street during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul's Ortakoy district, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Berk Ozkan / Anadolu Agency
People are seen around the Ortakoy Mosque in a snowy street during heavy snowfall in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district on January 07, 2017. Berk Ozkan / Anadolu Agency
A newly married couple walk at Sultanahmet square during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
A newly married couple walk in Sultanahmet Square during snowfall in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
People walk at Sultanahmet square during snowfalls in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL
People walk in Sultanahmet Square during snowfall in Istanbul on January 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL

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