In Istanbul, A Byzantine-Era Fleet Surfaces Again

NPR

In Istanbul, major public transit projects are back under way after years of paralysis. The problem wasn’t a lack of financing, but the layer upon layer of ancient artifacts that turned up every time the earthmovers started their work. The excavation

Istanbul’s heritage

The Economist

TURKEY’S first Islamist prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan, came to power in 1996 vowing to put a mosque in Istanbul’s main square. In the heart of the old European quarter, Taksim Square, with its monument of Ataturk and his revolutionaries, remains a


In Istanbul, Erdogan builds a mosque fit for a sultan | FaithWorld

By Reuters Staff

Tayyip Erdogan has described his third term as Turkish prime minister as that of a master, borrowing from the celebrated Ottoman architect Sinan and the last stage of his storied career after apprenticeship and graduation


In Istanbul, a mosque fit for a sultan

Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan has described his third term as Turkish prime minister as that of a “master”, borrowing from the celebrated Ottoman architect Sinan and the last stage of his storied career after apprenticeship and graduation. It’s a

Controversial Renovation of Istanbul?s Taksim Square Has Begun | Green Prophet

by Turkish Digest
Controversial Renovation of Istanbul?s Taksim Square Has Begun
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Despite all the criticism the plan received from urban planners, lawyers, activists, academics, and concerned citizens, the city has begun remodeling the central square, a focal point for transportation and protests.

Turkey: Carpet buying at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
New Zealand Herald
Welcome to the carpet market at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Step inside the rug seller’s den however, and there’s a new reality. You’re no longer wandering in the carpet bazaar. You’re now in a rug shop, caged and about to be set upon in a style which

Istanbul set to become international arbitration centre
International Law Office
Establishment of a globally renowned arbitration centre in Istanbul has long been discussed. There is concern over the lack of such an institution despite the increasing use of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism in Turkey.

Istanbul’s New Airport will Be Built on Filled Land
Journal of Turkish Weekly
Istanbul’s third airport, scheduled to be built in northern Istanbul, will be constructed on old coal mines that will be filled in, the transport minister said yesterday during a Parliament session on the 2013 budget. Binali Yıldırım said the exact

Istanbul’s New Grand Mosque Marks a New Low

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Yesterday, when I stood up there on an Istanbul hill with Andy Carvin, the famous NPR journalist, and Catia Barone of La Repubblica/Sky Italia, the view before us was similar to the one in this photograph that I took five years ago:


Academics unhappy with Taksim renovation project

from Hurriyet Daily News
The renewal project in Istanbul?s Taksim Square, which has been ongoing since Nov. 5, has been strongly criticized by academics

Contemporary Istanbul gathers professionals and art aficionados

from Hurriyet Daily News
This year the seventh annual Contemporary Istanbul air will feature over 100 galleries, including some special..

Controversial Renovation of Istanbul’s Taksim Square Has Begun

Green Prophet

Despite all the criticism the plan received from urban planners, lawyers, activists, academics, and concerned citizens, the city has begun remodeling the central square, a focal point for transportation and protests. In a preview of how the square will


Toy museums gather in Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News

The founder of the Istanbul Toy Museum, Sunay Akın says Istanbul has been named the center of a toy museums union at a recent meeting held with the attendees of toy museum officials from various European cities. Istanbul is on its way to becoming the

36 Hours In…Istanbul

Telegraph.co.uk

… do, whatever the weather. After a couple of days in exotic Istanbul, you’ll see why it has proven a favoured location for Bond film directors, with From Russia with Love, The World is Not Enough and Skyfall all paying homage to one of the world’s

Stimulating conversation: Istanbul coffee houses

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M
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Stimulating conversation: Istanbul coffee houses

ISTANBUL ARTS DIARY | BY ŞULE BILGIN | NOVEMBER 7, 2012

28 thousand people visit Contemporary Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News
This year?s Contemporary Istanbul has been visited by 28 thousand people within 2 days.

Not just for Bond: Istanbul, where history and home cooking have the licence …

Daily Mail

It is good to spend time with Arzu in Beyoglu, where we have retreated after some splendid, but rather hectic, sightseeing around Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. But more of this later. In Beyoglu you will find a less touristic angle on this

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