Turkish Cuisine

The basis of Turkish cuisine is Mediterranean and fruits and vegetables abound. They don’t consume pork but beef, poultry and fish. Turkish cuisine is famous for its rich variety and superb combination of spices and herbs, which translates into delicious dishes for visitors. Turkish cuisine has been influenced by the various cultures that passed through Anatolia, and at the same … Read more

Where to eat?

Like any ancient culture, the Turkish culture has have rich traditions and manners in food, and their cuisine is at a high level, with a great variety of local and specialized dishes. Places In any part of the city you can find fast food outlets, with beef and chicken kebabs, served in … Read more

Divan Literature Museum

Located in the Tunnel (Pera) area, relatively close to the central Taksim Square, the building was a “dergah” (house of prayer) of the Mevlevi order and currently operates as the Museum of Divan Literature. The current wooden building was built in the eighteenth century, although the first dergah erected in the place dates from the fifteenth … Read more

Cartoons Museum

It was inaugurated in 1975 in Tepebasi, by the Municipality of Istanbul and through the efforts of the Association of Cartoonists. Five years later it was closed for demolition and then re-opened in its current location in the district of Fatih. The Aga Gazanfer complex, which consists of an Ottoman madrasa, a chapel … Read more

Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence is inspired in the novel by Turkish Nobel Prize Orhan Pamuk. It opened in 2012, located in an old building in a small central area of Istanbul, near the Galata Tower. The novel narrates the long love story between Kemal, a wealthy businessman and Fusun, a young lower class, who, because of … Read more

Pera Museum

It was opened in July 2005 by the Suna-Inan Kirac Foundation, another project of Koc family, in this case by Suna, a daughter of Vehbi Koc and her husband, Inan Kirac. The museum is in an old building, made in 1893 by the architect Achille Manousos and restored recently to locate the modern museum. It host … Read more

Sadberk Hanim Museum

It was opened in 1980 by Vehbi Koc Foundation, another member of the Koc family, the richest of Turkey. This was the first private museum created by the family, and is dedicated from her son to Sadberk Hanim, wife of Vehbi Koc. It is located in the historical residence of “Azaryan”, along the Bosphorus. … Read more

Rahmi Koç Industrial Museum

It is located in the old anchors foundry of the Golden Horn’s Docks, an area that symbolized industrialization in the city during the Ottoman nineteenth century. The anchors foundry workshop was built in the era of Ahmet II (1703-1730) and the building’s foundations date back to Byzantine construction from the twelfth … Read more

Calligraphy Museum

The Bayezid Medresse, which was used as the public library was evacuated, restored and reorganized as the Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art, in 1945. It has interesting and valuable examples of the Turkish art of the pen, Korans, imperial seals, diplomas, Hilye i-serif (descriptions of the Prophet), equipment and apparatus for calligraphic writing, samples of … Read more

Mosaic Museum

The museum was opened in 1953. It is located behind the Blue Mosque and shows mosaics, columns and other architectural elements that were once part of the Great Palace of the Byzantine Empire. The beautiful mosaics displayed form scenes with human figures that depict daily life in Byzantium, hunting incidents, landscapes and animal figures. … Read more

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