The Yildiz Porcelain and Tile Factory whose origins go back to the Ottoman times is still in production, creating delicate, hand-made goods that are exquisitely Turkish.
The museum, housed in a former stable and located in a lush green botanical garden that is also open to the public, is a destination that Istanbulites and tourists must not miss.
It’s a great time to be in Istanbul, with not one but two exhibitions featuring masterful paintings from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, showcasing the best of the period.
Etel Adnan, the daughter of a Turkish officer and an Ottoman Greek mother, born in Lebanon with roots in Turkey, France and the US, has a colourful and thorough retrospective at Istanbul’s Pera Museum, called ‘Impossible Homecoming.’
Israeli occupation reduced one of the Middle East’s oldest cities, with at least 4,000 years of history, into a packed Palestinian enclave besieged from all sides — sea, land and air.
The Arab world has had a chequered relationship with Turkey since World War I but in recent days there has been a wave of political collaboration and conflict resolution.
Sultan Mehmed II was just 21 years old when he defeated the Byzantine Empire, strengthening the Ottoman state to the point where it would reign over multiple regions across three continents for centuries to come.
Yildiz’s contributions to Turkey’s oldest sport, as well as struggles to navigate society as an Afro-Turk, are one of many that come to form a larger history of the Afro-Turkish and African diaspora in twentieth century Turkey.
The US is using the tragic events of 1915 as a political tool to bludgeon an ally who is not willing to blindly fall in line with its diktats.
Serving as a place of worship for Sultans, the working class and celebrities - Tesvikiye mosque has seen it all.
Apart from giving refuge to the troubled and destitute, the city also stole the heart of many renowned artists, thinkers and philosophers.
The Ottoman tradition inspired by Islam encourages people to pay it forward at local bakeries so that the needy could access free bread.
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