Weekend Getaway: Edirne

Looking for an affordable, easily explored, and architecture-filled weekend trip from Istanbul? Edirne is the place to be! While not as glamourous as other...

(Sep 13 – Nov 26) “Commissioners’ Exhibition” @ SALT Galata

SALT Galata will explore the relationships between commissioners and architects in "Commissioners' Exhibition" from Wednesday 13 September through Sunday 26 November. From the organizer: Kemal Kurdaş...

The World is a Square: A Briefing on the History and...

With its own attraction and magic this game seems to appear everywhere, may it be in the çay evi or at home, tavla is...

Watch Out: The Cross in the Golden Horn

Minarets and mosque domes, side by side with skyscrapers, dominate today's Istanbul skyline. Roaming the streets of Fatih district, one quickly forgets that for many centuries...

10 podcasts to help you beat the Istanbul commute

If you’re anything like me, or the average Istanbul resident, you probably spend a larger percentage of your life commuting than you’d like to...

Setting of Records: Istanbul’s New Mosque

  Three years ago building of a new mosque began on one of the highest hills of the city, where roosters still crow and visitors...

Haydarpaşa Cemetery: A Cemetery with Something to Say

As a long-time lover of cemeteries, I’m often telling people about my trip to this or that burial ground. Most have one question: “why?”...

Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul

When I first lived in Istanbul for 6 months in 2013, some of my most memorable days were spent simply wandering the old city...

Beers of Turkey – Then and Now

Beer, one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known to mankind, can be very nutritional when consumed in moderation, and therefore has the well-earned name...

The Passages of İstiklal

İstiklal Caddesi is home to many eateries, stores and coffee shops. Although chains such as Shake Shack have been cropping up, the promenade manages...

Istanbul Street Names: The Stories They Tell

Having only laid claim to most of their monikers since the declaration of the Republic, Istanbul’s street names often go unnoticed (highly due to...

Insider Trading: Istanbul Military Museum (Askerî Müze) in Harbiye

In Istanbul there is no shortage of museums and historic sites to enjoy. With so many choices, it's easy to overlook some exceptional, if...

Istanbul’s Hidden Architecture: Şemsi Pasha Mosque

Mimar Sinan was, without a doubt, the greatest architect of the Ottoman empire. His importance and influence are often compared with his contemporary Michelangelo, and it's an established...

Magnificent Monument to Raging Narcissism: Nemrut Dağı

Who said there was something wrong with megalomania and narcissism? Antiochus I Theos Dikaios Epiphanes Philorhomaios Philhellenos of Commagene certainly did not think so....

Famous Turks: The Mysticism of Mevlana Celaladdin Rumi

In this month’s ‘Famous Turk’ article, we’re looking at Mevlana – known more popularly in the English-speaking world as ‘Rumi’ – the Anatolian philosopher...

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