Culture And History Buff

The Ancient District of Üsküdar – Palace Intrigues and Sufi Mystics

Üsküdar is said to have 180 mosques. I haven’t counted, but I well...

An Interview with the Manager of Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam, Ergin İren

I had a great interview with the owner of Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam in Istanbul....

10 Best Museums in Istanbul

Probably first thing you do when you arrive to Istanbul will be rushing into museums....

Lose yourself in Süleymaniye, Istanbul

On the skirt of one of Istanbul’s seven hills, crowned by an Ottoman imperial...

Who is Sinan the Architect?

Sinan the Architect (ca. 1489 – 1588) is the most famous Ottoman figure after the...

Best Local Farmers Markets in Istanbul

While Istanbul is a city with the population of 13 million people, its inhabitants...

Meet the Turkish Viagra: Mesir Macunu

Sex tourism is big business in the world today – and sad to say some countries...

Protecting Turkey’s Byzantine Heritage

Some locals may advise you to avoid the new Marmaray Metro in Istanbul. They seem to...

What Are The Best 10 Hamams (Turkish Baths) to Visit in Istanbul?

There are many historical hamams in Istanbul, and it is a very hard task...

The Secret Recipes of the Ottoman Palace: Asitane Restaurant

As history tells us, the Ottomans lived gloriously.  And they ate...

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