Hagia Sophia finally free of scaffolds (after 17 years) (#istanbul2010)

Ayasofya 17 yıl sonra iskelesiz
Hagia Sophia restoration ends after 17 years. Today last pieces of Scaffolding was removed at Hagia Sophia.

Heavy storms hit Turkey, Bosporus closed (Press TV)

from Yahoo news
Snowstorms, heavy rains, and extreme weather conditions affected large parts of Turkey on Saturday, causing traffic jams and flooding a number of houses.

Turkey | Istanbul | Cultural
By Iason Athanasiadis
Istanbul celebrates becoming one of Europe s three cultural capital for 2010 which marks its heritage of Roman Greek Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and culture.

İstanbul’s character as 2010 European capital under spotlight
Today’s Zaman
Some have said that İstanbul’s designation as one of the three European Capitals of Culture this year was the result of much effort, will pave the way for

Istanbul is treasured by foreign students
Hurriyet Daily News
Indonesian student Putra said he had imagined Turkey to be like Saudi Arabia and was surprised at how different it is: ?Especially Istanbul .

Centuries old maps of İstanbul compiled in a book
Today’s Zaman
It comprises the area stretching from a point just outside Yedikule to Beşiktaş on the European side and the area lying between the Fener Bahçesi cape to .

Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” program featured Istanbul

by Turkish Digest

Chef Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” program on Travel Channel featured Istanbul on January 18, 2010. If you missed this program you can watch it now on You Tube.

Çukur Meyhanesi: When Liver Met Hamsi

from Istanbul Eats by admin

Behind the tap at Cukur -- photo by Ansel Mullins
It wasn?t quite as dramatic as Meg Ryan?s big moment at Katz?s deli in ?When Harry Met Sally,? but a low-register, guttural moan of pleasure was detected from our table upon our tasting of the shredded celery root in yogurt, a house specialty meze at Beyoglu?s Çukur Meyhanesi. And we weren?t faking it.

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