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

Istanbul’s historic skyline protected

Posted on 3 December 2013

The top floors of the three massive skyscrapers spoiling Istanbul’s historic silhouette should be trimmed, an Istanbul court has ruled. According to the ruling, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality must enforce the demolition of stories clearly visible in the panorama behind the Süleymaniye Mosque on the city’s historic peninsula within 30 days. The construction of the… Read more »

New facts about Ottoman harem in exhibit

Posted on 12 August 2012

  The Topkapı Palace Museum is presenting an exhibition about harem life in Istanbul for the first time. The museum’s director, İlber Ortaylı, says the exhibition’s purpose is to correct misinformation about the imperial harem. ‘The harem was a center of education for concubines,’ he says The exhibition features 287 works from the palace’s collection,… Read more »

Rembrandt @ Sakip Sabanci Museum

Posted on 10 June 2012

The wonderful exhibition “Where Darkness Meets Light… Rembrandt and His Contemporaries – The Golden Age of Dutch Art” has been extended to June 17! This is your last chance to see these fantastic works of art in Istanbul! Go and enjoy! On the occasion of the celebration of 400 years of diplomatic and trade relations… Read more »

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

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 »

Taksim belongs to all of of us!

Posted on 15 February 2012

 I’m angry. Angry about the plans of the city authorities to destroy little Gezi Park next to Taksim Square. And I am even more annoyed that not a single representative in the Metropolitan Municipality Assembly has voted against it. The vote was unanimous last September. That means that also the representatives of the CHP opposition,… Read more »