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A stroke of bad luck turns life along a radically different path, leading to years of imprisonment in a foreign land, teaching the hero courage and endurance, and ending in a bold escape whose story brings fame and fortune… it sounds too dramatic to be true. And yet these are the facts of life for...

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Jason Goodwin

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From Flaubert to Hemingway, Twain to Christie, the writers who have visited and written about Istanbul bear witness to its unending allure. It was the Yeats poem “Sailing to Byzantium” that first whispered an idea of Istanbul to the young Jason Goodwin. But it was several decades before he dreamed...

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Ahmet Güneştekin

Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

Coming from Turkey’s southeastern Batman province, a self-taught artist finds success on the international art scene – this isn’t a story we hear every day. Ahmet Güneştekin is the protagonist of this tale, which begins with the legends and mythology of the Near East, wanders through the melting...

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Balkan Ateşi

Istanbul’s local talent is making new blends of jazz, rock, classical, electronic, and traditional music. The city also attracts big international stars.

Clarinetist Serkan Çağrı is taking the stage on January 27 with Yarkın Rhythm Group and Macedonian Roma band Kocani Orkestar in a concert called “ Balkan Fire ”. Though you might think there is only one Balkan group among them, geographically they are all from the Balkans: Çağrı is from Turkish...

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Zorlu PSM, Yeni Yıl Yeni Umutlar

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Although it may just be a date on the calendar, many of us see the New Year as a chance for better things in the months ahead. The saying is “start as you mean to go on,” and for that reason Zorlu PSM is starting with an unforgettable display of opera: “ New Year, New Hopes ”. With world-class...

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Positioned between the art worlds of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to art galleries and museums serve to contemporary art, and traditional artists as well.

The complex geography of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caucasus has been united and separated under many empires over the centuries. Current politics divides these regions on the basis of nation and religion, but that was not always the case. In his exhibition ArTriangle “City...

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Seyhan Arman, photo by Merve Göral

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Actress Seyhan Arman has found acclaim for her lead role in Merve Gezen’s short film Nerdesin Aşkım? (Where are you my love?), which won the Canada International Film Festival’s 2016 Perfection Award and the Human Rights Prize at the 2016 Atlas Awards. This is the brief, bitter story of two...

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Burak Delier - Free Society of Fools and Crooks. Photo by Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu

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In our time, movies such as Catch Me If You Can or Ocean’s 11 have shown that fictional con men can make more money in the cinema than the real ones do on the street. But public consciousness of con men goes back farther than we might think, in fact to a man named William Thompson in 1840s New York...

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Kemal Müderrisoğlu, Jean Cesar Reboul, Reboul Pharmacy

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Since its humble beginnings on İstiklal Street in 1895, the Rebul brand has been intangibly intertwined with Istanbul’s history, know for capturing the allure of the city and distilling it into a bottle. The original shop, called the Grande Pharmacie Parisienne, was one of Turkey’s first pharmacies...

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Begum Khan, photo by Merve Göral

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A small bundle of energy, Begüm Kıroğlu can regularly be seen hurtling through the winding halls of the Grand Bazaar, a stylish figure buzzing past the glittering jewels and centuries-old columns. Her atelier is located close outside these walls, and Kıroğlu knows the area intimately, at once an...

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Cured Palamut recipe, photo by Merve Göral

Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

While the culinary scene of Istanbul has developed in waves of new openings and exciting flavors, the restaurant world still chiefly remains the domain of men. But this is changing. We interviewed five fascinating women chefs and talked to them about their journeys through the kitchen and business...

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Gaye Su Akyol photo by Ali Guler

Istanbul’s local talent is making new blends of jazz, rock, classical, electronic, and traditional music. The city also attracts big international stars.

The title of Gaye Su Akyol’s 2014 album Develerle Yaşıyorum translates as “I’m living with camels.” It is an intriguing choice for Akyol, whose home city of Istanbul is almost 100 percent camel-free. But the title is a perfect match for Akyol’s blend of Turkish classical music, dark rock, and sci-...

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Bülent Eczacıbaşı - photo by Muhsin Akgün
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The Eczacıbaşı family’s rise to fame began 100 years ago in İzmir, where Süleyman Ferit gained the surname - meaning head pharmacist - for his high-quality medicines. His grandson, Bülent Eczacıbaşı, is chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding, one of Turkey’s largest industrial groups. But among many...

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Yeşim Ustaoğlu - Tereddüt - Clair Obscur

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Appreciators of director Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s films such as Journey to the Sun and Pandora’s Box will relish her latest, Clair-Obscur – another socially conscious drama laden with metaphors from the Turkish landscape, as well as hope and horror in equal measure. The film’s Turkish premiere was at the...

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Yasin Vural, photo by Merve Göral

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Coming to fame as part of the Ankara rap group Mode XL, producer Yasin Vural might not be an obvious name from the world of 1970s rock. But he has found a cunning way to market the music of his parents’ generation to the youth of today. Using the energy and expertise from his rap days, Vural...

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