Take a Clean Break in Istanbul
ISTANBUL AWAKENS the senses like few places on earth, with its centuries-old minarets, fragrant bazaars, clanging trolleys, all the ships and ferries chugging up and down the mighty Bosporus. For a long time, Istanbul has also offered a distinctive type of sanctuary from all that overstimulation: the Turkish bathhouse, or hammam.
How To Discover Your Fortune In Istanbul
Fortune-telling has long played an important role in Turkish culture. Even after the conversion to Islam, which deems fortune telling sinful, Turks continued to practice and value fortune-telling. In fact, a müneccimbaşı (the head of fortune tellers) was kept in the Ottoman palaces to cater to the Sultans’ desires of knowing what the future holds.
A Spot of Romance
THE project has eaten up all his Nobel prize money and he says he could have written half a novel in the time it has taken to finish it. But Turkey’s laureate, Orhan Pamuk, finally has his Museum of Innocence, the wellspring of his bestselling 2008 tale of the same name, about the doomed Istanbul lovers, Füsun and Kemal.
Fish restaurants in Istanbul: Natural Selection(s)
In the evolutionary process of the Istanbul fish restaurant, there was a moment in the late 1990s when the amphibious, shore-hugging boat restaurants crawled out of the Bosphorus and became land dwellers.
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The project will show every street and corner of Kadıköy.
The archive will contain the district’s streets, mosques, houses of worship, schools and ancient buildings, said project coordinator Ayşe Küçükkurt.
Organizers said they planned to open an exhibition of all the photographs once the project is completed in the next year. “We will also publish a book with the photographs,” said Küçükkurt.
After completing the Kadıköy archive, Küçükkurt said they would continue by archiving other districts of Istanbul.
Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Photo Archive Project to Preserve Kadıköy
The statement also said that the Istanbul Toy Museum had become one of the most respected toy museums in the world.
Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Istanbul Toy Museum Chosen As A Nominee for EMA Awards
Günay said the AKM would be renovated faithfully to its original form, adding that only infrastructural changes are being considered.
The restoration project will be put out to tender at the end of March, and the Center is planned to come into art lovers’ service in October 2013. “Our aim is to restart cultural activities there on the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic,” Günay said.
Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Protocol Signed for Restoration of Iconic Atatürk Culture Center
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Providing art lovers with an experience above and beyond everyone's expectations, Van Gogh Alive uses image projection technique, displaying artist's work on giant screens, walls, columns, floors and even ceilings of the exhibition space in an attempt to redefine the audience’s connection with art. The exhibition heightens all the senses, using light, color and sound techniques while challenging all preconceived notions of how an art exhibition should be.
The book is as absorbing and visually fluid as it is informative. As the name suggests, it is a collection of the memoirs and works of Fausto Zonaro, an Italian artist who was appointed court painter by Sultan Abdülhamid II in 1896. The book covers the period of time between Zonaro’s arrival in Istanbul until his return to Italy, when his position as court painter was brought to an end following the deposition of Sultan Abdülhamid.
Read more on Zaman: The Memoirs And Works of Fausto Zonaro Compiled in a Book
February 10, 2012
One recent marker of Istanbul’s burgeoning role in the international art scene was the 2011 launch of SALT, two multimillion-dollar contemporary art spaces in Galata and Beyoglu.
Visit The New York Times to See The Interior of the SALT Galata Housed in the 120-year-old Ottoman Bank Building: Istanbul's Cultural Rebirth
Passage for vessels was suspended on Thursday due to poor visibility in the strait, which runs through Istanbul and forms a vital link for traffic between the Black Sea and Mediterranean.
Read more on Reuters: Turkey's Bosphorus Remains Closed Due to Snow
Read more on Hurriyet Daily News: Ghetto to Celebrate 5th Year
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