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

Sultans, Merchants & Painters @ Pera Muse

Posted on 18 January 2012

 Pera Museum is starting off the year 2012 with two exceptional exhibitions: Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations; an exhibition commemorating four hundred years of cultural, diplomatic and trade relations between Turkey and the Netherlands and From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul: Photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the Mid XIXth… Read more »

Museum for famous Turkish writers

Posted on 18 November 2011

 Alay Köşkü (Procession Kiosk), which is situated within Topkapı Palace’s walls, has been turned into the Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Museum and Library. The museum was opened by Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay. It was organized within the framework of a project by the Culture and Tourism Ministry. The Procession Kiosk is a structure built into the… Read more »

Modern art of Central Bank of Turkey

Posted on 14 November 2011

 The Pera Museum of Istanbul displays a historical collection: modern Turkish art collected by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. The collection of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, which was founded on 3 October 1931, is comprised of modern/contemporary works of art, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and installations… Read more »

Manço’s mansion is now a museum

Posted on 5 November 2011

Barış Manço, the late popsinger, composer, song-writer and musician, remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey. One of the ferry boats on the route between Kadiköy , on the Asian side of Istanbul, and Karaköy, on the European side, is named after him. In the Moda neighbourhood, where he had a mansion,… Read more »

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 »