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 May 2018

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 »

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 22 May 2018

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 »

“Ottomania” is everywhere

Posted on 28 March 2018

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul in the summer of 2006 after having spent seven years in the U.S. was the fast changing face of the city. Shanty buildings were destroyed. Green areas, playgrounds and parks were created. Ottoman mosques, cemeteries, wooden houses and imperial palaces were cleaned and repaired, spurred by a… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 9 March 2018

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 »

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 1 February 2018

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 consider this historical prefab… Read more »