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Göztepe Train Station

Göztepe Train Station Under Snow

Our rail system is not as sophisticated as Britain, nowhere close actually, or even India (mind you the Brits built everything) but we cherish what we have which is very small. I have always loved train and the unique atmosphere it creates around you. The sound of the rails, people[…]

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Sancaklar Mosque – Emre Arolat Architects

Sancaklar Mosque

  Close your eyes for a moment and think of a ‘mosque’. As you think, an image will probably appear behind your closed eyelids. What does it look like? Let me guess. A mosque, probably a massive one, with a central dome and conical minarets around it. A classical 16th[…]

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Still Life with Dogs of İstanbul

  İstanbul always has a love and hate relationship with its dog citizens. Beliefs play an important role in this relationship, as it does in almost all subjects. Positive side: In Shamanism, a dog is a sacred animal which Shamans ride when they go down underworld. In Altai and Kirghiz[…]

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Filmekimi 2015

  Yes, the summer is over. No, it’s not depressing at all. The city prepares to welcome another artful month to feed craving minds with inspiration. As not-so-cold breeze begins to chill us, we’ll have the chance to enjoy over 40 movies in cozy theatres thanks to Filmekimi, from 2nd till[…]

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The Tunnel

The Modern Version of Tünel

It’s the year 1875, the date 17th January a Sunday and the third underground system ever in the world comes alive in İstanbul, at that time Constantinople of course. Of course London , with its spider web underground beats everyone else by operating in 1863 followed by New York in[…]

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Hukukçular Sitesi

In the middle of the noisiest district of İstanbul, Mecidiyeköy, there is a signature building towering one of the most frequented shopping malls of the city. People come and go by without noticing it! Even I, though I live there, pass by without paying much attention. But yesterday while crossing[…]

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Konstantin sütunu

Konstantin sütunu

Hepimizin bildiği çemberli taşın, namı diğer Konstantin sütunu günümüzdeki haline gelmeden önce 2 önemli dönemi vardı. Başına gelen tüm aksaklıklar, felaketler sonucunda günümüze kadar var olan bu sütunun değeri paha biçilmez. Yukarıdaki çalışmadan da göreceğiniz üzere sol taraftaki sütun dördüncü ve on ikinci yüzyıllarda var olduğu biliniyor. En sol tarafta, sütunun[…]

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Elgiz Museum

Elgiz Museum

I love modern contemporary museums. It’s my obligatory duty to visit them wherever I go. Hence it’s my reverse obligatory to suggest what my beautiful city offers to you. Out of your normal path you come across with Elgiz Museum which began as an independent enterprise called Projec4L. Now it’s[…]

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Cat Knows Everything, In Istanbul, Too…

We have a saying; “when cities were not even named in Europe, the cats were the inhabitants of Istanbul.” Rumour has it, the first kittens has been settled in the city by the Byzas of Megara, the eponymous founder of Byzantium, the city later known as Constantinople and Istanbul. In[…]

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