11 places for Turkish coffee in İstanbul and an İstanbul news roundup…




Being an Armenian today in Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily News

I had an Armenian intern at that time and I mentioned casually to the bunch I was eating with that it must be hard to be an Armenian in Istanbul during



Documentary on Istanbul’s Largest Greek Cemetery
Greek Reporter
Many Greek and Turkish historians, such as Vlasis Agtzidis, Dimitris Frangopoulos, Elena Papageorgiou, Professor Ayhan Aktar of Bilgi University, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, appear in the documentary. Şİşlİ Greek Orthodox Cemetery is



Old meets new in Istanbul

Evening Standard

Travel tales don’t necessarily need to begin at the beginning but arriving in Istanbulmakes such an impression you almost have to. Driving in from

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak – old Istanbul brought to life

The Architect’s Apprentice describes how Istanbul blossomed in the 16th century under its most revered architect, Mimar Sinan, who served three
GAD’s Serra Gate on Display for Istanbul Design Week

GAD Architecture has installed their latest sculptural design, Serra Gate, in Istanbul‘s Taksim Square, just in time for Istanbul Design Week. Named

İstanbul’s Yedikule Gardens zoning plan spawns negative reactions

Today’s Zaman (press release) (blog)

The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality has accepted a plan to transform the Yedikule Gardens, which sit at the foot of İstanbul’s historic city walls.


Historic İstanbul neighborhood to be outfitted with 7-story garage

Today’s Zaman (press release) (blog)

As the sun sets on a November evening in the dead center of İstanbul, a massive crane looms over the quarter of Tarlabaşı. Construction is moving full

How did Istanbul become one of the world’s great modern cities?

In his book ‘Midnight at the Pera Palace,’ Charles King considers the rapid transformation of Istanbul – a Muslim stronghold as part of the Ottoman
Life on Istanbul streets hard for Syrian refugees

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (CNN) – Imagine a world where your only hope of survival is in a foreign land. That of course is the fortune, but more often the ..
Faith and Fear in Istanbul 

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TASTE OF THE PAST – The ‘Sahaflar’ (used books) Bazaar has a history that stretches back into the days of New Rome, when the city was renamed Constantinople

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