photo by Eren Sarigul

Top 5 greatest quotes about Istanbul

1. "If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul." Alphonse de Lamartine 2. "Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music." Christian Louboutin 3. "If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its...

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Cat friendly Imam in Istanbul

In Istanbul's historical Üsküdar district, Imam Mustafa Efe of the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque has been bringing a smile to the mosques visitors. Imam Efe has been reported to be allowing cats to enter the mosque during times of cold weather to provide them with warm shelter. In...

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Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar holds first ever board election

The first election in the Grand Bazaars 560 year old history was held over the weekend. The tourist hot spot has now has a new president and board. The election came amid heated discussion over renovating the facility. A study by the Eva Real Estate Valuation Consultancy revealed that the Grand Bazaar...

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Work on the Ertuğrul frigate starts in Kushimoto, Japan

Underwater excavation of the Ertuğrul frigate which sank near Japan’s city of Kushimoto began on January 15 and will continue until February 15. Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul set sail on a goodwill voyage to Japan 1890. While returning she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture and sank. 533...

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Basilica Cistern

Yerebatan Sarayı – "Sunken Palace” - otherwise known as the Basilica Cistern - is the largest ancient cisterns found in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern was built in 542 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to provide water to the ‘Great Palace of Constantinople’. The Ottomans...

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Rumeli Hisari

Rumeli Hisari is a fortress that was built by order of Sultan Mehmet II as part of the preparation siege of the great city of Constantinople, now known as Istanbul. The strategically placed fortress was used to control military traffic and trade into the city. Today...

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