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The famous Ortaköy Mecidiye Mosque has reopened its doors

Ortakoy and Bosphorus Bridge

After over 3 years of restoration the famous Mecidiye Mosque in Ortaköy has officially reopened its doors on June 6, 2014 during the Friday prayer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Freshwater Streams of Istanbul

Les Eaux Douces d’Asie côté terre

The freshwater streams, a very popular spot in the past, are located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus near the Anatolian Fortress and the Küçüksu Pavilion commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecid I. Read the rest of this entry »

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Galata Mawlawi House Museum

Galata Mawlawi Museum

Galata Mawlawi Museum

      It is the first Mawlawi House in İstanbul  (1491) where was built by Divane (Semai) Mehmed (Chalabi) Dede, Sheikh of Afyon Mawlawi House, on a land at Galata ridge whose Iskender Pasha owned during the reign of Bayezid II (birth 1481 AH -1512 CE)The building was swayed by the big earthquake in İstanbul (1509) otherwise known as “little doomsday”; repaired and renovated and turned out to be a complex of building after new sections added.
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The month of Ramadan

During iftar – Eyüp

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time during which practitioners observe fasting from sunrise until sunset. Ramadan began Tuesday, July 9th in Turkey. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Belgrade Forest in Istanbul

Cyclistes dans la forêt de Belgrade à Istanbul

       When the summer heat becomes unbearable in Istanbul, one of the most pleasant places to walk is definitely the Belgrade Forest located on the European side.It is situated between the Black Sea and inhabited areas to the west of the Bosphorus. Read the rest of this entry »

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The mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed V, a little-known monument in Eyüp

The mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed V

Of the countless pilgrims and tourists who visit the district of Eyüp in Istanbul, the majority only visit the cafe Pierre Loti, the mosque and the Eyüp mausoleum. Read the rest of this entry »

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The legendary Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul

Pera Palace room

In 1892, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits built in Istanbul The Pera Palace to accommodate travelers arriving from Paris on the legendary Orient Express. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soccer is the king of sports in Turkey

Besiktas fans before match

When you get to know the Turkish people, one of the first questions you are asked about is your fondness for football and in particular what team you support. It goes without saying that this sport is part of the daily life of almost everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Olive groves and easy living in Zeytinbagi

Zeytinbağı

        At the edge of the Sea of Marmara, the village renamed Tirilye Zeytinbagi, has been renowned for its olives and for its way of life since 1963. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge over the Bosphorus

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge

       The Bosphorus Strait which separates the European side from the Asian side of Istanbul is spanned by two bridges, one called the Bosphorus and the second, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Read the rest of this entry »

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