Istanbul Food

Istanbul Food

Istanbul Food

The gastronomic spectrum of Istanbul extends from the common street and excellent kebab restaurants (lokanta) to the distinguished cuisines of the luxurious hotels, Istanbul has a rich mixture of the inheritance of a great cuisine culture and a close contact with the experimental approaches in the world cuisines. You can come across with all kinds of food in any comer around Istanbul including the traditional tastes of the Ottoman court cuisine or fresh fish of the Bosporus; various kind of sushi, the favorite dish of the Japanese cuisine; the fusion cuisine of Australia; the mystical Indian cuisine and the spiced dishes of Mexico from distant geographies. All of the delicate examples of the Mediterranean, Spanish and French dishes; and of course the fast food that has become indispensable all over the world.

The most stylish and distinguished restaurants of Istanbul are gathered in the Bosporus, Taksim, the districts famous with the luxurious shopping ce

Istanbul Fountains Cisterns

Istanbul Fountains Cisterns

The German Fountain

The German Fountain (Alman Cesmesi) or the Fountain of Kaiser Wilhelm U, surrounded with columns that are open at the top and a dome, is located between the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. The fountain is built owing to a trip of Kaiser Wilhelm U to the East, thus named after him. At Meydani (Sultanahmet).

Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III

This decorative fountain, standing just next to the outer entrance of the Topkapi Palace was built in Ottoman-Baroque style in 1728 and taken the name of Sultan Ahmet III. The beautiful relieves on it, framed bow-windows, stalactite decoration and tiles as well as its overhanging roof are dazzling.

Marriage underneath Comet

Marriage underneath Comet

Heybeliada

Heybeliada that had housed the important personalities of Turkish literatur such as Ahmet Rasim, Esat Mahmut Karakurt, and Huseyin Rahmi Gurpmar, is the second biggest island in Adalar. The green coverts, shore and beaches, pretty architecture are the leading qualities that make the island popular. Heybeliada, the oldest known name is Domonissos (Demon Isles), has a very old and colourful story dating back to 2,500 BC. Due to its flora and atmosphere resembling Mediterranean climate, Heybeliada is a place that must be visited during winter, not only summer; but certainly during spring and fall, like the rest of the islands. The splendid monasteries of Heybeliada are famous. One of them is AyaTriada, first turned into Greek ` Orthodox School of Theology, then into the Greek Highschool for Boys, with a director

Uftade & Ummu Sinan

Uftade & Ummu Sinan

Uftade (died 988/1580)

Uftade whose real name is Mehmed Muhyiddin was born in Bursa. He played an important role in the development of the Celvetie religions order. He was the sheik of Aziz Mahmud (died 1038/1628) who wrote countless significant poems using the name Hüdai. His sheik was Haci Bayram Veli (died 833/1429-1430) who was one of the caliphs of Hizxr Dede. He is buried in the tomb next to the Hisar Mosque of Bursa. Aziz Mahmud Hüdai wrote about his sheikh in some of his writings Uftade wrote a divanche and a sermon book displaying strong religious characteristics.

Ümmü Sinan (died 976/1568-1569)

His real name is Ibrahim. It has been said that he was bora either in Bursa or Karaman. He founded the Sinaniye branch as an attribute to the Halvetie order. His tomb is in Eyüp Convent. Seyyid Seyfullah who was mentioned in thisessay previously was his most famous disciple. Having produced a sufficient amount of poetry, he was one of Yunus Emre`s loy

Coffee houses of old Istanbul

Coffee houses of old Istanbul

SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN MEETING SPOTS FOR MUSICIANS, SOME FOR WRITERS. SOME COFFEE HOUSES WERE INEVITABLE FOR RAMADAN FESTIVITIES, AND SOME WERE THE GATHERING VENUE FOR FIREMEN. FOR INSTANCE, BLACKBEETLE RACES WERE ORGANIZED FOR GAMBLING PURPOSES AT ARIF’S COFFEE AND GAME HOUSE ON DIVANYOLU…

Coffee is an excuse, because every meeting around Turkish coffee has produced many friendships and conversations for centuries. Even today, Turkish coffee is the most pleasant bridge for relationships, but the foundations of this bridge date back to many years ago.

Coffee, known in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean since the 12th century, becomes more common only in the 14th century. The etymological root of the word coffee is the city “Kaffa the most important coffee production center in South Ethiopia. The word became coffea in Latin and coffee in English. The first pers

Small But Yummy

Small But Yummy

How do you eat finger-food with style and finesse? Our expert offers some tips on how to eat classy snacks with dignity. They`re the tiny snacks that make it possible for us to try a wide range of different, equally delicious ingredients. They are, of course, the mini-savouries which so tease our palates. Around the […]

Tram in Istanbul

Tram in Istanbul

In his book entitled “A Tramway from Dersaadet to Istanbul,” Behcet tells the story of public transport, beginning in 1871 with the l.E.T.. `s (Istanbul Electric Tramway Tunel) horse-drawn tramways. In so doing the book also sheds light upon an important chapter in the urban social history of Istanbul.

City with a tramway going through it

“Yes, that was how it was; once upon a time, with the tramways, there was this wonderfully beautiful harmony between the avenues and streets.” Islam £upi, one of the first sportsw- riters in Turkey, who passed away only a few months ago, wrote these words for his column as he criss-crossed Istan¬bul. For many years we sat at desks next to each other and he would relate his tramway anecdotes as and when they came to mind. Briefly catching the eye of a girl with a glance, gi¬ving his newspaper to the driver when he was s

Istanbul Palaces and Kasirs

Istanbul Palaces and Kasirs

Dolmabahce Palace

Sultan Abdulmecit moved his court from Topkapi Palace to Dolmabahce Palace in 1855.

The palace that was built in showy style called Sekerci Style, is built by the Armenian Balyan family.

It forms a complex with Dolmabahqe Mosque and the Clock Tower. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, died in this palace in 1938. The interior decoration of the palace is in harmony with the complexity of the exterior surface which extends as far as 500 meters parallel to the sea.

(Open between 9 AM -4 PM everyday except Monday and tbursday, Dolmabahce Caddesi (Dolmabahce).

Dolmabahce Palace, constructed in 1855, after Topkapi Palace, is an imposing building on the sea shore.

Aynali Kavak Kasri

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Haghia Sophia

Haghia Sophia

Haghia Sophia, built on a hill in the centre of Old Byzantine, has a perfect appearance from the sea.

Emperor Justinianus demanded a new church to be built in a short time after the one before Haghia Sophia had collapsed in 532. After the construction had been planned and ready to begin, Justinuanus appointed the mathematician Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, who was a static expert and an architect.

Haghia Sophia became the most powerful and respected church of Christianity over 1,000 years. It was considered to symbolize the composition of the imperial thought peculiar to Rome and the understanding of God in Christianity. When the construction of the church completed in a short time, in six years (532-537),

“Solomon, now I am superior to you” Justinuanus shouted against the appearance of the church.

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