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

Ottoman weapons in Topkapı Palace

Posted on 30 August 2011

Weapons from various periods of the Ottoman period are finally displayed properly thanks to a new section in Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace. Hundreds of war- and weapons-related miniatures, kept in the shelves of the museum’s archive,  are now to be seen by the tourists as part of a renovation project that has been completed. Many of the… Read more »

Hagia Sophia regains some former glory

Posted on 15 August 2011

A visit to Istanbul is not complete without visiting the splendid Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya in Turkish). Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have changed the history of architecture. The Eastern Orthodox Church of the Holy Wisdom – built by the Roman… Read more »

Basilica Cistern, romantic and mysterious

Posted on 6 August 2011

Just beneath the surface of the old districts of Istanbul there are surprising things to discover. One of the most well known tourist attractions is the underground reservoir just across the Aya Sofya. It is called the Basilica Cistern, because of its presumed location underneath the Roman Ilius Basilica which stood here. The Cistern was… Read more »

Walk from Eyüp to Mehmet the Conqueror

Posted on 27 July 2011

Visit the tomb of the holy Eyüp Ensari, the friend and standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammad, outside the old city walls and walk towards the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. You can walk along the path that is the last leg of the Sultans Trail, a fascinating new long distance walk from Vienna… Read more »

Electric bikes for tourists in old city

Posted on 17 July 2011

Using Amsterdam as its inspiration, the Fatih Municipality plans to introduce electric bikes and electric wheelchairs for the elderly and disabled, which people will be able to rent and tour the historic places of old Istanbul. The electric bikes and wheelchairs will be provided at a small cost and will be made by credit card… Read more »