This guy really enjoys visiting Hagia Sophia:

Scenes after conversion to a mosque..


This 130-year-old beer factory has been demolished last week…

The Bomonti front in Turkey’s culture wars

Photo Gallery: Istanbul Airport museum opens with treasures of Turkey exhibition

Istanbul Airport has opened its museum, the Istanbul Airport Museum, with an exhibition on important Turkish artefacts. Ilaria Grasso Macola 3 mins

stanbul Film Festival begins with open-air screenings

Istanbul Basaksehir win Turkish title for first time to end big three dominance

Istanbul Basaksehir won the Turkish title for the first time on Sunday, ending the dominance of the city’s big three clubs Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and .

Converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque is an act of cultural cleansing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is famous for saying, “If we lose Istanbul, we lose Turkey.” Last year, he lost the city’s municipal elections.
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Erdogan Fulfills Cherished Goal, Opening Hagia Sophia to Prayers

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sealed his long-stated desire to restore the historic Hagia Sophia as a working mosque on Friday, …

Hagia Sophia: Interesting facts about Istanbul’s architectural wonder

The fate of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia has been decided, fulfilling Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s pledge to rename it as a mosque and revive
Çınaraltı: Istanbul’s historical tea garden

A decades-old Istanbul tea garden on the shore of the iconic Bosphorus Strait is a frequent stop for both locals and tourists

Sunflower Seed Spitting Banned by Üsküdar & U.S. Baseball

//Ed. note: TNT visited Üsküdar a couple

of days ago. Lovely view, especially minus
sunflower seeds, but not a tree in sight – a
burning concrete shoreline desert.  How
about diverting some fine money to tree-
planting maybe.//
türkçe links to original Turkish article
baseball & sunflower seeds click here for the
story of U.S. baseball banning sunflower seed
spitting.
 
                 Just like the bench in a baseball dugout.
The habit of sitting on benches along the shore, chewing sunflower
seeds and spitting the shells on the ground has been banned by the
Üsküdar municipality in Istanbul.  Mayor Hilmi Türkmen explained
that “this is a difficult but necessary decision for us.  From now on
chewing sunflower seeds from Harem to Küçüksu along the Üsküdar
coast is prohibited.”

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