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

Hagia Sophia in top 10 of most beautiful buildings

Posted on 23 January 2016

Hagia Sophia. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

The Lonely Planet website has chosen Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in its list of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Hagia Sophia “is the great architectural landmark at the heart of Istanbul, with its four minarets poised like moon-bound rockets,” the website said. Constructed in the 6th century A.D. as an Orthodox church, Hagia Sophia… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 22 January 2016

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The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet Mosque – is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white… Read more »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 2 January 2016

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The old neighborhood of Karaköy, next to the Galata bridge on the northern shore of the Golden Horn, is undergoing a fast gentrification as well, like all the other hoods of historic Istanbul. I love to have breakfast in the Namli deli before I stroll again through the backstreets of this old district, that was… Read more »

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 8 December 2015

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No Single Woman Traveler Ever Should Feel Lonely in Istanbul Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Are you a female solo traveler heading to Istanbul? Don’t worry. Istanbul will take care of you like no place else – and that is regardless of how much money you have in your pocket! I traveled alone all my life – except… Read more »

Beautiful Ortaköy Mosque

Posted on 3 August 2015

Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec I love the small and beautiful Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Camii in Turkish). Officially the name is Büyük Mecidiye Camii – Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid. This house of prayer is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosporus. The building was… Read more »

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