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The Cisterns

The Cisterns Running downhill from Topkapı's Imperial Gate, Soğukçeşme Sokak is a wool-over-the-eyes bit of urban set design. Formerly a row of dilapidated old wooden...

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...

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 beaches of İSTANBUL

The beaches of İSTANBUL It has been a long, hot summer in İstanbul, and many people have escaped to their summer houses outside the city,...

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...

Istanbul’s Museum Of Turkish And Islamic Arts Revisited

Istanbul’s Museum Of Turkish And Islamic Arts Revisited Great news! After two years of restoration the Turkish and Islamic arts museum in Istanbuls Hippodrome has...

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