Ağustos 2012

  • Weather and Climate in Istanbul

    Weather and Climate in Istanbul Istanbul is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities in the world. It is located on a huge area so there is much topographic diversity you can observe. Generally it is under influence of Mediterranean climate which means dry summers, mild and rainy winters. However, cold winters can be […]

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  • Ramadan 2012

    Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran, their holy book, was revealed. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. During this period Muslims wake up before dawn for breakfast and abstain from food, water and the use of […]

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  • Turkish Water Pipe – Nargile (Hookah)

    There are many famous words that people use to describe the Hookah, Turkish Water Pipe, a tool for pleasure existing for thousands of years. This tobacco smoking tradition, origins of which are in India, has survived until today with disguising in many different shapes. And today the tradition hit the peak. For the Turks, the habit […]

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  • Kariye (Chora) Museum

    The Church of the Holy Savior of Chora, called in Turkish, KariyeCamii, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most interesting Byzantine church in the city. Not so much for the building itself, pretty as it is, but because of the superb series of mosaics and frescoes which it preserves and which have been magnificently restored and […]

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  • Pierre Loti Hill

    You take a cable-lift up to the summit of the hill where you can look down on the Golden Horn and  the beautiful mosques of the Old City and surrounds.  Pierre Loti (born Louis Marie JulienViaud (b. 14 Jan 1850 – d. 10 June 1923), was a French writer who lived in Istanbul at the […]

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  • Eyup Mosque

    Eyup Mosque was the first mosque built after the Turks conquered Constantinople. One of the first Muslims, EbuEyup El-Sari was killed in the Arab army’s battle in the year 668 AC in this location. Sultan Fatih Mehmet’s religious tutor is said to have discovered his tomb. Fatih built a large tomb, a mosque and a […]

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  • Golden Horn

    Situated at the mouth of the Bosphorus this bay separates the old city from new Istanbul. This is where the first colonies settled during the founding of Istanbul in pre-Byzantine times. This was the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-Muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balattasking time out […]

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  • Çamlıca Hill

    On the Asian shores of the Bosphorus there is high pine covered hill which has a restaurant situate at its apex. From here one can inhale the fresh Black Sea air, and obtain the best views of the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul. The best time for pictures is in the morning, but late afternoon offers […]

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  • Beylerbeyi Palace

    Beylerbeyi Palace is on the Asiatic shore and was built by Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865. The architect was SarkisBalyan, one member of the famous Balyan family, which gave nine renowned palaces to The Ottoman Empire over nearly a century. Serving under the six sultans, they were responsible for the westernization of the city’s architecture. […]

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  • Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar

    It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, HaticeTurhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul’s second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside YeniCami. The structure was restored in 1943. There are eighty eight vaulted […]

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