LORD OF THE LEAVES OF TOLERANCE

It suits Mr. Onik Merdenyan just fine when people call him ‘The Lord of the Leaves of Tolerance’. He is an artist-craftsman with a small shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. His ‘leaves of tolerance’ are on display inside his shop and in his store window. These are...

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CAT HEAVEN ISTANBUL

Is there a cats’ and cat lovers’ paradise on earth? Yes!.. It is Istanbul. Cats are as inherent part of the city as minarets and shish-kebob. I am not talking only about the house cats, either. The ‘house’ variety is somewhat of a minority in this town. The majority...

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THE BIRDMEN OF ISTANBUL

Featured image: A Birdman of Edirnekapi. (photo by Liz Coughland - http://geriatricgapper.blogspot.com.tr) Some are ‘homing’ and quite a few of them are aerial acrobats but the majority are kept only to please the beholder. They are the pigeons that go on weekly...

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Check Out Contemporary Turkish Art

Istanbul Modern is a popular museum of contemporary art located at the banks of the harbor on the European side of the city. The proper name is Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, or İstanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi in Turkish. It has been an outstanding showcase for Turkish...

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4000 Stores Under One Roof

Guess which is Europe’s most-visited attraction? You say, ‘Musée du Louvre, Paris’; ‘eeeeee’ (that obnoxious buzzer sound). You re-try and say, ‘the Coliseum in Rome’; ‘eeeee’, off goes the buzzer again. You win if you answer ‘the Grand Bazaar in İstanbul’. According...

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The Rahmi Koc Industrial Museum

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is a private industrial museum in Istanbul, Turkey dedicated to history of transport, industry and communications. Rahmi M. Koç, member of the wealthiest dynasty in Turkey and retired boss of the Koç Group, founded the museum in 1991, which was opened on December 13, 1994. The museum is located in the suburb of Hasköy on the north shore of the Golden Horn and situated in two historical buildings connected to each other. It is open to public every day except Monday.

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Maiden’s Tower

The Maiden’s Tower (aka ‘Leander’s Tower’), a prominent landmark of Istanbul, is a structure built upon a small rock protruding above sea level about 200 meters off the Asian shore of Istanbul.

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Balat

This is the neighborhood where Safarad Jews, expelled from Spain, settled in the 15th century. Much of the Jewish population have since moved elswhere in the country or emigrated to Israil over the last 50 or so years.

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It’s All for the Birds

Neither the photographers nor the watchers of birds want to miss the migration of birds which happen in spring and fall of every year. The access to the tower is free. They even lend you binoculars, free of charge.

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