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

Grand Bazaar celebrates 550th birthday

Posted on 15 June 2011

Istanbul’s famous historic marketplace, the Grand Bazaar, will celebrate its 550th birthday this year with a series of cultural events. The Covered Bazaar was constructed upon an order by sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1461. The Kapalı Çarşı, as the bazaar is known in Turkish, is one of the oldest and largest covered markets… Read more »

Topkapı palace most popular

Posted on 10 June 2011

The former palace of the sultans, Topkapı Palace, in the old quarters of Istanbul was the most popular tourist attraction in 2010. More than 3.58 million people visited the buildings where the royal family lived for four centuries and the sultan ruled the Ottoman Empire until the middle of the 19th century. The tourist brought… Read more »

Strolling through conservative Fatih

Posted on 2 April 2011

Discover the old, religious Istanbul. Visit the big mosque and the mausoleum of sultan Mehmet II, named the Conqueror (Fatih in Turkish) because he conquered the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople in 1453. You can see  surviving gates where the Turkish soldiers entered Constantinople and the Gul mosque, a former church of the saint and… Read more »

Hand-carved tiles of Harem severely damaged

Posted on 21 March 2011

National and international film directors are increasingly starting to use the palace and the harem as a film set, further causing damage to the centuries-old buildings. Hit TV shows like “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) have reawakened interest in Turkey’s Ottoman past, yet this popularity has failed to prevent the empire’s most famous landmark from… Read more »

Nostalgia in Koç Museum with street organs

Posted on 10 March 2011

Longing for some nostalgia? For mechanical music instruments from the days of gas lamps, steam engines and horse power? The days of yesteryear when the gramophone and radio were not even on the horizon. “Invisible Musicians” at Istanbul’s Rahmi M. Koç Museum will give you a glimpse in those long forgotten ages. The exhibition features… Read more »