Tag Archives: Sultanahmet

Yerebatan Basilica Cistern

It’s hard to believe now, but the Yerebatan Basilica Cistern, once the major water supply of Constantinople, was lost to Istanbul until the 16th century. As recorded by Ogier de Busbecq, a visitor to the city heard rumours of locals … Continue reading

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Ara Guler and My Istanbul

In a recent interview with world famous Turkish photographer Ara Güler in Today’s Zaman (Nov 14, 2014) he said, “The Istanbul that I lived in wasn’t Istanbul. Actually, I didn’t see Istanbul either. Istanbul was already over. And Pera is … Continue reading

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Mehmed Sokullu – When Writing Crosses Borders

When I started writing about Turkey, it was with the idea of sharing my thoughts and experiences. When I moved to Istanbul, I hope to give people an idea of what everyday life is like for an expat here. Many … Continue reading

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Ramazan – Staying Out Late

The Muslim religious obligation to fast for a month, known as Ramazan, is held at a different time each year. The start is determined by the lunar calendar, and the first fasting day is around eleven days earlier each year. … Continue reading

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