Çorum is not only famous for its grilled chickpeas called leblebi, but it also has an important historical significance. It is indeed around this Anatolian city that the Hittites established their realm in the 2nd Millennium BC. Read the rest of this entry »
A winter getaway to Çeşme, a pleasant Aegean coastal town located 90 km west of Izmir, will allow you to enjoy a relaxed and quiet atmosphere you would never witness in summer. Read the rest of this entry »
A first museum was built between 1900 and 1913 near the Acropolis of Pergamon, where searches were started in 1878 by German archaeologists Carl Humann and Alexander Conze. Read the rest of this entry »
Beylerbeyi Palace was thought to serve as a summer residence of Ottoman sultans and a state guest house to entertain the foreign heads of state and sovereigns and it was constructed on demand of the sultan of the period, Sultan Abdülaziz (1861 – 1876).
Dolmabahçe Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid (1839-1861) who was the thirty first Ottoman Sultan. The palace, whose construction commenced on June 13th, 1843, was brought into use on June 7th, 1856, upon completion of surrounding walls. The palace mainly consists of three parts, named as the Imperial Mabeyn (State Apartments), Muayede Salon (Ceremonial Hall) and the Imperial Harem. The Imperial Mabeyn was allocated for administrative affairs of the state, Imperial Harem was allocated for private lives of the sultan and his family and the Muayede Salon, placed between these two sections, was allocated for exchanging of bayram greetings of sultan with dignitary statesmen and for some important state ceremonies. Read the rest of this entry »
TOPKAPI PALACE MUSEUM
After the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478 . Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace, was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years since Mehmed the Conqueror until Sultan Abdulmecid who is the thirty-first Sultan. Although Palace was abandoned by the Ottoman Dynasty by moving to the Dolmabahçe Palace at middle 19th century, Topkapı Palace was protected its importance everytime. Read the rest of this entry »
In addition to the beautiful Ottoman houses of Odunpazarı and the many green spaces, the pleasant city of Eskişehir is also home to a number of museums. Read the rest of this entry »
In the previous article, we started our journey through Eskişehir with the Porsuk River and the multiple green spaces in its surroundings.
Today, we will discover Odunpazarı, one of the most attractive districts of the city with a vast amount of magnificent traditional Ottoman houses. Read the rest of this entry »
Eskişehir is located 315 km away from Istanbul and is reachable by high speed train in 2 and a half hours and by bus in 4 to 5 hours depending on the coach station. This Anatolian city has many assets that are likely to appeal to tourists. Read the rest of this entry »