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24 Hours On İstiklal Street

24 Hours On İstiklal Street Lets be honest, Most people visit İstanbul for its history and culture -- and understandably so. İstanbul was -- and...

Day Tripping İzmir: II

Day Tripping İzmir: II If youre heading north or south along Turkeys Aegean coast, theres no way that you can avoid having to transit İzmir...

From Harput to Lake Van, Erzurum and Trabzon with Henry Fanshawe...

From Harput to Lake Van, Erzurum and Trabzon with Henry Fanshawe Tozer (2) Disembarking at the Black Sea port of Samsun in the spring of...

Cappadocia’s Other Churches

Cappadocia’s Other Churches When it comes to Cappadocia, visitors are spoilt for choice of things to see and do. They can take to the skies...

Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya)

Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya) Third on the site to bear the name, the existing Haghia Sophia ('Divine Wisdom') was dedicated on 26 December AD 537 by...

Harem-Scarem

Harem-Scarem From its inception in around 1540 until its dissolution in the early 20th century, the Topkapı harem was home, prison and entire world to...

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace Directly north of (ie behind) Haghia Sophia are the walls shielding the imperial enclave of Topkapı Palace. Part command centre for a massive...

The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome On the north-west side of the Sultanahmet Mosque, a strip of over-touristed tea-houses and souvenir shops fringes the Hippodrome (At Meydanı), formerly the...

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Amasra ‘The Eye Of The World’

Amasra ‘The Eye Of The World’ Reputedly, when Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Mehmet the Conqueror) conquered Amasra, which is located on the shores of Black Sea,...

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Edirne: From Imperial Capital To Greased Wrestling Although the sultans moved to Istanbul, Edirne was their summer residence as its temperature was lower than that...

Sultanahmet Mosque

Sultanahmet Mosque Seductively curvaceous and enhanced by a lovingly attended park in front, Sultanahmet Mosque is Islamic architecture at its sexiest. Commissioned by Sultan Ahmet...

The Taste Of Tarsus

The Taste Of Tarsus On a muggy, hot summer day I staggered up to a juice bar in the eastern Mediterranean city of tarsus. My...

Touring Üsküdar

Touring Üsküdar The landscape of İstanbul seems more artistic if you look from Üsküdar -- that is, of course, if you ignore the freakish buildings. We...

Osmaniye’s sunny Karatepe: Home to 2800-year old neo-Hittite remains

Osmaniye’s sunny Karatepe: Home to 2800-year old neo-Hittite remains The Karatepe hilltop where 1,800-year-old remains can be found. There are imposing ancient sites scattered across...

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