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

Small copy of Hagia Sophia damaged by fire

Posted on 12 February 2011

What a shame! For the third consecutive time a historic building in Istanbul has been damaged by what seems to be negligence or unprofessional work. First there was the fire at the Haydarpaşa Train Station in November last year. It was a disaster.  A fire broke out on the roof during ongoing restoration. The roof… Read more »

Historic German fountain damaged in Sultanahmet

Posted on 7 February 2011

The German Fountain, one of the iconic monuments in the touristic area of Sultanahmet has been damaged by ignorance and carelessness. ‘Historic fountain was cleaned like a pavement’ was the headline by the newspaper Haber Türk. Unprofessional workmen, without the assistance of any expert, cleaned the outside and inside of the fountain with high water… Read more »

‘Istanbul surpasses New York in cultural life’

Posted on 7 January 2011

“New York City is the Mecca of culture, there’s so much going on it’s overwhelming, but it’s the same thing here now. Istanbul has actually surpassed NYC in its own way. NYC has one symphony orchestra whereas Istanbul has three – so there’s more of a symphonic life here.” Former opera singer and fashion designer Alexandra Ivanoff knows… Read more »