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

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 »

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 »

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 »