About the curious Taksim project, Mavi Boncuk has some Taksim square photos.. and an Istanbul roundup…


from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


Digging by archaeologists likely to delay Taksim project

from Hurriyet Daily News
The controversial project to renew Istanbul?s Taksim Square could take more time.


Wonders of Constantinople’s underground water world to go on display in Istanbul

Daily Mail

The atmospheric and cavernous underground Basilica Cistern is a well-known tourist attraction in Istanbul. Famously used as a backdrop in James Bond movie From Russia with Love, the 6th century cistern provided a fresh water supply for buildings

In pictures: Exploring Istanbul

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition

A Turkish photographer’s portrait of Istanbul – in Europe and Asia



Google Arts Project includes Istanbul Modern collection

Hurriyet Daily News

With the latest additions, the number of pieces on view increases by over 10 percent, with 29 new art organizations from 14 countries putting their collections online, including the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. The project works with a wide range of



Taksim park closed down

from Hurriyet Daily News
The only green space in Taksim square is being closed down as part of the controversial renovation project. Yet critics say it is the only area that enables people to take a break from the chaos


First hurdle clear on road to Galataport privatization

from Hurriyet Daily News
The High Privatization Board (ÖYK) has approved the public works plan for the Galataport project, or the Salıpazarı Cruise Port, in Istanbul.


Habitat park or ‘animal concentration camp’?


Istanbul (CNN) — It’s been more than a century since Istanbul’s residents were kept awake at night by the howling of tens of thousands of stray dogs. The dogs were rounded up and shipped to a deserted island in the Marmara Sea where they starved to

New Istanbul airport to cement Turkish Airlines’ hub position


Connecting in Istanbul to over 200 destinations, including an extensive domestic network, of course, and operating a fleet of nearly 200 state-of-the-art aircraft, Turkish has almost by stealth established itself as a truly global airline and is set to

Istanbul stock exchange reaches its historic high

Hurriyet Daily News

For days markets have reflected a possible rating upgrade to the ?investable? level by financial agency Fitch, which is due to hold a regional meeting in Istanbul on Nov. 8. However, Moody’s does not promise an easy rating upgrade. Moody’s conditions

Istanbul Design Biennial

Design Week

This month saw the opening of Istanbul’s inaugural Design Biennial. Situated across two main venues, the exhibitions responded to the theme ‘imperfection’, set by Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, in light of his personal experience of the city

How to drive in Istanbul?

Hurriyet Daily News

If the traffic does not drive you mad at the first glance in Istanbul, then you may find a few simple survival tips useful while attempting to drive within the boundries of logic. DAILY NEWS photo. There is a peculiar way of driving in Turkey

Several centuries later the Mısır Çarşısı still attracts

from Hurriyet Daily News
Today there are so many people walking through the Mısır Çarşısı, either casually window shopping


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