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

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 17 December 2014

St Stephen's church

Istanbul has a very special church. A Bulgarian orthodox church: St Stephen of the Bulgarians (1896). What makes it so special is that it is one of the world’s few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches. That’s why the St. Stephen’s church is commonly known as the ‘Iron Church’ in Istanbul. I think this historical prefab… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 15 December 2014

Blue Mosque

The Blue 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 is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white tiles from the Turkish city Iznik that cover the interior of this sultan’s mosque. After this 17th century… Read more »

Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Posted on 2 September 2014

Here some good hotels in several districts of Istanbul, recommended by tourists who have stayed there. Do you have any others? Good or bad experiences with these hotels? Please share it here on this site! Hotels in touristic Sultanahmet district Celal Sultan Erbil Santa Sophia Hali Ipek Palace Orsep Royal Sumengen Avicenna Hotel Mina Erboy… Read more »

Istanbul most popular city destination

Posted on 8 April 2014

Istanbul voted most popular tourist destination in the annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards by TripAdvisor, the Daily Mail reports today. TripAdvisor publishes every year its Top 25 destinations world wide; a ranking that has been compiled by the votes of millions of travelers. Read the article and see the photos here on this site… Read more »

Dan Brown draws visitors 2 Basilica Cistern

Posted on 3 February 2014

Basilica Cistern Istanbul

My granddaughter Tessa was here with us in Istanbul for the Christmas holidays. One of the places she wanted to visit again was the mystery world of the underground Basilica Cistern. For several days we strolled in the neighborhood of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Every time we looked at the entrance of… Read more »

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