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Istanbul to mark Ottoman conquest of city with grand ceremony

Istanbul is set to mark the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul on its 563rd anniversary with a major event created by a grand team of 1,200, as expectations rise for the event, which is expected to attract 1 million spectators
Turkey has marked the 1453 Ottoman conquest of Istanbul on its 563rd anniversary with a grandiose ceremony including the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım

Istanbul’s Old Hans

One of Istanbul's old hans, still from video by Monique Jaques

Architectural and historical monuments of the Ottoman Era, the hans and caravansaray that freckle the old city have mostly been left to their own devices. Originally built as imposing weigh stations for incoming traders, today they are crumbling in places and patched up with duct tape in others.

Thousands of Muslims demand right to pray at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia


A time-strapped guide for transit travellers in Turkey

Istanbul New Airport, set to be the largest airport in the world when fully completed, announced that the first of the airport’s four phases is due for
Istanbul’s music lovers will enjoy a two-day festival between May 28 and 29

Breath-taking sunsets: Spice up your life with a cruise toIstanbul

Istanbul is at the crossroads of the world, a mystical, magical city that actually straddles both Europe and Asia. The main city and its old town is in

How Istanbul’s New Bag Brands Are Banishing Fakes

THERE was a time when Turkey’s leather goods industry revolved around the production of counterfeits, while the real thing was made in Italy – but a

Istanbul hosts International Theatre Festival

Some of the finest theatre companies and dance groups from Turkey and around the world are gathered in Istanbul for the International Theatre

Borderless Hack Istanbul: Harnessing Creative Talent to Benefit Syrian Refugees in Turkey

Istanbul, with nearly 18 million inhabitants, is Turkey’s economic, cultural and media hub, not to mention one of the world’s largest cities. In recent
Istanbul has ranked eighth in the list of world cities hosting the most international business congresses in 2015, according to a new list published by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCI)

Horhor Dürüm Evi: Family (Kebab) Values

Horhor Dürüm Evi, photo by Paul Osterlund

We could devote a weekly column to the culinary treasures of Istanbul’s polyglot Aksaray district and probably never have to worry about running out of things to say. The area is jam-packed with places to eat, and while we’ve written about many of them, Aksaray just keeps on delivering.

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