Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

Shoppen in Cihangir. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Istanbul while strolling through the back streets of Istanbul’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts. TAKSIM AND BEYOĞLU. This district is the symbol of modern Istanbul, with a lot of Ottoman, multi-cultural flavor from the time that Istanbul was still Constantinople. CIHANGIR. The cosy neighborhood of the… Read more »

Renovation of Atatürk Cultural Center

Posted on 17 February 2012

Ataturk Kultur Merkezi. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

The Atatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul’s Taksim Square will finally undergo a thorough restoration and renovation. The building has been closed for 8 years already while the bureaucrats, politicians, engineers, architects and other experts were unable to make an agreement on the project. The TL 30 million (€13 million) project will be sponsored by the… Read more »

Nâzım Hikmet’s tea garden in Kadıköy

Posted on 15 January 2012

Nazim Hikmet tea garden and culture center in Kadikoy. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Today is the birthday of Turkish most famous poet Nâzım Hikmet (January 15, 1902). His 110th birthday will be celebrated during a series of events organized in collaboration with the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation and Beşiktaş Municipality. The event series include a “Nazım Hikmet Theater Posters Exhibition,” “Nazım Hikmet Panel from Past to… Read more »

Discover Taksim and Beyoğlu

Posted on 15 December 2011

Ataturk monument op het Taksim plein. Foto: Slawomira Kozieniec

  Taksim, also known as Beyoğlu, is the modern part of Istanbul and the symbol of modern Turkey. It was always the district where most non-Muslim foreigners lived since Ottoman times. Here you find most pubs, restaurants and trendy shops; most live music venues and art galleries. And the biggest catholic church of Istanbul. In… Read more »

Save historic Emek Movie Theater

Posted on 9 December 2011

Save historic Emek Movie Theater

Turkish film critics are calling on all cinephiles in Istanbul and all across Turkey to raise their voices against the planned demolition of the historic Emek Sineması, the Emek Movie Theater in Beyoğlu, which has been serving as a cinema since the 1920s and which was one of the key movie theaters that used to… Read more »

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