UNESCO rebuke is immediate for Istanbul

Istanbul issues SOS to avoid UNESCO rebuke
Hurriyet Daily News

Following a series municipal developments that have endangered Istanbul?s cultural heritage, UNESCO has threatened to de-list the city if it does not rapidly implement a number of amendments to reverse its current policies. While some academics say Istanbul is no longer able to look after itself, others argue the world body has abandoned the metropolis…..

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monolithic: visual history of istanbul

from black yogurt by lifeproof

Since Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture of 2010, there are numerous cultural, musical and artistic events going on around the city and it is crowded with many cosmopolitans from all around the world.

Haydarpaşa Train Station was built on water between 1906 ? 1908 by German architects and was presented as a gift to the Ottoman Emperor by his contemporary German Emperor, Kaiser Willem II. This is a very significant historical, architectural, cultural and sociological monument for Istanbul?and especially for migrants from Anatolia, the Eastern part of Turkey. Because for decades this train station has been the entry point of those migrants to Istanbul.

Baba of Istanbul, part 1

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

Baba means father in Turkish. It is also used colloquially for a person who is wise, kind, respected or good or number one at what he is doing: baba adam, Orhan Baba? Below is the list of the restaurants named after the ?baba? chef:

Istanbul could be new Barcelona, says Spanish envoy

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Istanbul could become ?the new Barcelona,? the Spanish ambassador and former mayor of Barcelona said during a Turkey-Spain architecture meeting on Tuesday.

Hilton celebrates 50th anniversary in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Hilton Istanbul, the first five-star hotel in Turkey, is celebrating its half-century anniversary this year.

Istanbul celebrates its Balat Art Center

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The Balat Art Center, which will open in Dimitrie Cantemir Museum Garden, aims to reflect the historical flavour of the area while creating a new venue for artists.

Facts & Figures: Population of Istanbul

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar
Population growth of Istanbul during the Republic era: 1927 806.863 1945 1.078.399 1960 1.882.092 1975 3.904.588 1990 7.195.773 1997 9.198.809 2000 10.018.735 2007 12.573.836 Did you know the population of Istanbul is more than 118 countries in the world? Did you also know that the biggest district is Gaziosmanpasa with a population of 912,405 Istanbullu […]

Facts & Figures: Public Transportation & Traffic in Istanbul

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar
Here are some facts about the traffic in İstanbul: In İstanbul, 8,5 million Istanbullu are using the public transportation and 3 million Istanbullu are using their own cars every day. Thus 11,5 million İstanbullu commute in the traffic every day. 89 % of İstanbullu are using cars, buses and dolmuş, 8% are using railways and […]

Istanbul Cool
“I’ve always wanted to go to Istanbul, it’s certainly up there on my list of dream places to visit,” Pugh told us. “Since there’s so much going to be

Istanbul gets cool with Istancool

from Hurriyet Dailynews
‘Istancool,’ the festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas aiming to enhance the reputation of Istanbul as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Turkey?s cultural heritage, begins Friday. World-renowned names, including internationally-recognized Turkish artists, will be on stage through until Sunday throughout the city

20 days of non-stop jazz in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
The İstanbul International Jazz Festival is kicking off its 2010 edition tonight, beginning 20 days of non-stop jazz around the city

‘Tis the season of jazz in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
The 17th International İstanbul Jazz Festival started with an opening ceremony at The Marmara Esma Sultan in Ortaköy on Thursday.

US Secretary of Transportation praises Istanbul’s Marmaray project
The United States Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, praised the Marmaray Project on Tuesday after being briefed about it during a visit to Istanbul.

Young Le Corbusier in Istanbul
The Faster Times
In 1911, the last decade of the Ottoman Empire, a young Swiss-French architect visited Istanbul. He sketched as much as he took notes there, in ?Stamboul,?

Turkey’s second opera festival starts in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
Tonight’s opening performance will be Rossini’s ?Maometto II,? or ?Fatih Sultan Mehmet,? an İstanbul Opera production directed by Yekta Kara.

Visual Guide to Istanbul’s Must See Sites » Todd’s Wanderings
By Todd Wassel
Istanbul has it all and so much more. It is impossible to fully describe the vibe of this culturally wealthy city. As you wonder the streets centuries pass in a matter of steps, wheeling sea birds break up a skyline of minarets as the

A photographer?s guide to Istanbul, Asian side

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar
You are visiting Istanbul and you like taking photos. Then you are in the right city, because Istanbul is a great opportunity for taking photos with all those geography, history, climate, colours, people, lifestyle, streets, contrasts, even weird things which you might not come across in other cities of the world. Let?s start with the […]

İstanbul music festival’s grand finale: Le Concert Spirituel
Today’s Zaman
The eminent Baroque instrument orchestra from Paris, Le Concert Spirituel, played the grand finale for last month’s 38th İstanbul International Music

Sad Spectacle in Istanbul
The Moscow Times
By Boris Kagarlitsky The Sixth European Social Forum ended in Istanbul on Sunday. For those who had attended previous forums in Florence, Paris

Famous designer’s works showing at the Istanbul Modern
Hurriyet Daily News
The most comprehensive exhibition yet of famous Turkish designer Hüseyin Çağlayan’s works will open at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art July 15

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