The role and importance of Armenians in Istanbul's history is highly contentious, but that is not to say that Armenian life in the city has been obliterated or suppressed. As one of Turkey's recognized minorities, Armenians are guaranteed freedom of religion and education, and thus there continue to be function Armenian schools and churches throughout the city and the country. The Özel Gentronagan School is one of them, and it is located in Tophane not far from the Galata Bridge. It is not a tourist attraction, but its distinctive Armenian architecture (the stepped walls with the prism steeple) adds a bit of exotic flavour to the neighbourhood.
Yeºil Ev appears to be a hotel or private establishment, and yet I couldn’t help but photograph this particularly quaint and interesting structure. It is a wooden house, painted green, that must represent the style of architecture that was common amongst the ordinary masses of Istanbullus.
I wandered up Inönü Caddesi (named after Turkey’s first Prime Minister and a close colleague of Atatürk) because I had decided to go from my hotel in Besiktas to Istiklal Caddesi on foot. I cannot claim that this part of the city would be a major attraction for anyone looking to explore Istanbul’s tourist sites, but it does have a certain draw for anyone wishing to see a bit more of the Istanbul that middle-class Turks live. On Inonu Caddesi there are many restaurants and shops that cater to Turks of a certain income bracket and that are far from the influence of the hucksters you will find on Istiklal Caddesi. The architecture is a mixture of the modern (there’s quite a lot of construction going on) and the neo-Classical and Modernist styles that are remnants of the development of Istanbul’s posh areas after the turn of the century.
Even if my knowledge of Turkish doesn’t quite allow me to read even children’s books in the language, I still very much enjoy the idea of browsing through books. This particular book fair was organized in a large parking lot on Küçük Bayram Street and, despite my limitations, I enjoyed spending a few moments browsing through the various titles. If you can read Turkish, there appeared to be books to everyone’s taste here; if not, the views over the city are spectacular!
It wasn't until I left the Old Town and started exploring less traditional sights that I really began to appreciate and fall in love with Istanbul. I arrived just one week ago, but I already feel a special attachment and connection to this incredibly vast and diverse metropolis.
The best things that I have done so far have been exploring the neighborhoods of Balat and Fener along the Golden Horn as well as walking on the hills behind Bebek and checking out the view from Bogazici University (which has to be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the entire world).
In wandering around these 3 neighborhoods I felt like I had successfully managed to escape the heaps of tourists in Sultanahmet and, in so doing, begin experiencing the "real" Istanbul for the first time. The interaction with people in Balat and Fener (though limited due to language) felt real and genuine - it was the first time nobody had been trying to sell me anything.
I found out about these places courtesy of the following website, which I feel obligated to give a link to as I think it may help you just as it helped me: http://www.theotheristanbul.com/
In particular, the following post was a huge help for me: http://www.theotheristanbul.com/top-5-things-to-do-in-istanbul/
Have fun exploring this city! Do yourself a favor and get out of the tourist traps and put yourself in the HEART of Istanbul.
Most people have said that Istanbul doesn't necessarily require a tour guide. If all your interested in are the main tourist areas (i.e. what was once Constantinople), then they are right. On the other hand, if you are an adventurous, open minded traveler who really wants to see and experience the 'real' Istanbul and all it has to offer, it means that you will have to get off the beaten path. The best way to do this is with a guide; and I can tell you from personal experience that THE OTHER TOUR (www.theothertour.com) will give you the most complete picture of modern day Istanbul (as well as an all-encompassing history lesson). As a participant on the tour you will go to neighborhoods that you never would have discovered otherwise and you will interact with real locals (not just the people trying to sell you stuff). Among other things, the tour includes a boat cruise on the Bosphorus, authentic, home-cooked Turkish cuisine at a Turkish house, traditional boardgames with locals and markets where it is guaranteed that you will not see another tourist. Aside from the cultural experiences, you are guaranteed to laugh, have fun and create lasting friendships (the tour is 14+ hours).
Located near one of the entraces of Grand bazaar, the Nuruosmaniye Mosque is considered one of the best examples of mosques in Ottoman Baroque style. It was built by order of Sultan Mahmut I, and it has also one particularity - the absence of an ablution fountain, as usual.
Phanar Greek Orthodox College (Fener Rum Lisesi), known in Greek as the Great School of the Nation is the oldest surviving and most prestigious Greek Orthodox school in Istanbul. The school, like all minority schools in Turkey, is a secular school.
Established in 1454 by Matheos Kamariotis, it soon became the school of the prominent Greek (Phanariotes) and Bulgarian families in the Ottoman Empire and many Ottoman ministers as well as Wallachian and Moldavian princes appointed by the Ottoman state, such as Dimitrie Cantemir, graduated from it.
The current school building is located near the Church of St. George in Fener (Phanar), Istanbul, which is the seat of the Patriarchate. It is known among the locals with nicknames such as The Red Castle and The Red School.
Designed by the Ottoman Greek architect Konstantinos Dimadis, the building was erected between 1881 and 1883 with an eclectic mix of different styles and at a cost of 17,210 Ottoman gold pounds, a huge sum for that period. Despite its function as a school, the building is often referred to as "the 5th largest castle in Europe" because of its castle-like shape. The large dome at the top of the building is used as an observatory for astronomy classes and has a large antique telescope inside. Today the school, which is the "second largest" school after the Zografeion Lyceum, has six Turkish teachers, while the remaining fifteen are Greek. The school (like all minority schools, as it is compulsory by law) applies the full Turkish curriculum in addition to Greek subjects: Greek language, literature and religion.
The color and architecture of the building is a must see in Old Istanbul part, as u visit the Fener and Ayvansaray districts ... :)
In a pause to breath, we were left in a park with a awesome views. We weren't told where we were, and only comparing pictures I was able to have an idea. It seems the area called Bebek, close to Rumeli Hissari castle.
Getting a shave from this establishment is an experience that will leave you feeling like a billion dollars. Shave and haircut ran me about 25 turkish lira, but worth it. I got my friend to get it done and we were both feeling like every girl in the City was eyeing us after. place is called BERBER FADIL on a side street in Istanbul, very safe, and the guys name is Sitki he speaks little English but the job gets done perfectly!!! My friend got a shave from the other Barber and he had no regrets the only regret would have been if we didn't do this experience. I thought it better than the turkish massage.
It is located inside the Selimye Barracks at the back of the Harem Bus terminal. Here's the location on google map:
Call the protocol office first 1 - 3 days prior to your visit at 02165531009, or ask someone, your hotel for example to communicate with them in turkish. Prepare a copy of your passport as they will be needing it to be faxed to them, and bring it also during your visit. The place is an army barracks, so security is strict. Hope that helped.
I know that you heard about big Bazaar,Egyptian Bazaar and Covered Bazaar etc etc
but if you are in Eminonu and if you are near the Yenicami (New Mosque)just in the back of Yenicami you will discover the flower bazaar .You can find almost all kind of flowers in pot and seeds for your plants .If you like garden and if you are gardener this is the right place to be ....
This museum is located in the anchor casting workshop at the docks on the Golden Horn (Halic in Turkish), an area that symbolized industrialization in the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century. The anchor casting workshop was built in the era of Ahmet II (1703-1730) and the building’s foundations go back to a 12th century Byzantine construction. It was restored under Selim III and used by the Finance Ministry until 1951. After a fire in 1984, the building stood in ruins. In 1991, it was bought by the Rahmi Koc Museum and Cultural Foundation, restored and opened to the public in 1994.The museum is a small replica of Ford Museum in Detroit.
On the first floor, motors and steam engines are displayed. On the second floor are the scientific instruments and communications apparatuses. The entrance is reserved for the aircraft department, mint machinery for printing paper money and coins, bicycles and motorcycles, the naval department and ship engines. In the open area, there is a coast guard life-boat, a tram, a narrow gauge steam train, and a vertical steam boiler. There is a submarine in the water....
Open daily between 08:30-17:00 except Mondays.
House where Ataturk lived and worked before the War of Independence, during his stay in Istanbul between 1918 and 1919, originally was built in 1908 and restored by the Municipality of Istanbul in 1943, opening to the public in 1981. Top floor of this building was reserved to His mother Zubeyde Hanim and His sister Makbule, meanwhile Ataturk used middle floor for himself and lower floor for His loyal officer.
On display are photographs of Ataturk from his birth until his death, as well as some of his clothes, personal belongings and paintings. It's located at Halaskargazi Street in Sisli district.
Open daily between 09:30-16:00 except Thursdays and Sundays.
Balat is the traditional Jewish quarter in the Fatih district of Istanbul. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, in the old city on the historic peninsula, on the western bank of the Golden Horn. (Another Istanbul neighborhood deeply associated with Jewish settlement is Kuzguncuk on the Asian shore.)
The name Balat is probably derived from Greek palation after the nearby Palace of Blachernae.
Nowadays the Balat and Zeyrek districts r in a total renovation period by the help and foundation of Municipalities and old buildings, mosques, ancient walls r being renewed being as same the original architecture as a Culture City of Istanbul ...
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