Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

Over the past few years Istanbul has become one of the world’s top tourist destinations, with the city knocking Paris off the top spot in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations for 2014. Around 11.6 million people visited Istanbul that year, and over 3 million people visited the Hagia Sophia...

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Find reviews and recommendations for Turkish literature and cinema - gaining fame around the world, so browse our selection of top titles.

In interviews, Orhan Pamuk has said that his memories of old Istanbul are so entangled with Ara Güler’s photographs that he cannot distinguish the two in his mind. British director Grant Gee was reading Pamuk when he first visited the city, making his film Innocence of Memories a triple-distilled...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

No one understands nostalgia better than Orhan Pamuk. In his saga of love and loss, The Museum of Innocence , and in his museum of the same name , all eyes are on the objects which are the symbols of a life which has passed, never to return again. Nostalgia to most conjures up contrived images for...

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Discover the best restaurants in Istanbul, eat with top chefs, and taste local food by learning more about Turkish cuisine and street foods.

Even if you haven’t actually read ‘The Museum of Innocence’ (though we highly recommend that you do), you may want to slip back in time to some classic Istanbullu or Istanbullu-inspired tastes. We’ve got a few places to take you away. Hünkar Classic Ottoman and Turkish cuisine meets the upscale at...

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A short walk from the bustling Ali Suavi Sokak, referred to by locals as “The Artist’s Square,” Art Sequoia is a newly opened ceramics studio that adds another layer of creativity to this neighborhood. Walking down the street, bright and eccentric ceramic pieces immediately capture your attention and it is impossible not to peek inside to see the hand-crafted personality and details of these objects. Rabia Özdemir Tokat, the owner of Art Sequoia, characterizes her space as a not only a shop but also a workshop space and art gallery. Her motivation for opening the store is to reach people who seek to use art as a form of rehabilitation or therapy, and she invites anyone to participate in one of her ceramics workshop sessions.

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