Medhal (Administrative) entrance of Dolmbahce Palace

Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul

In 1856, the sultan moved the seat of the Ottoman Empire to the Dolmabahce Palace (from the Topkapi Palace). Built between 1843 – 1856, it is located further north along the coastline of the Bospherus strait. The move reflected a … Read More

Buyukada, Prinkipo Istanbul, Princes' Islands

The Princes’ Islands – A Charming Escape from Istanbul

The Princes’ Islands are just a few miles southeast of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea. In Turkish the nine islands, four inhabited and three uninhabited, are commonly called Kizil Adalar, the Red Islands, and together form the Adalar District of Istanbul Province. The Princes’ Islands acquired their … Read More

The Golden Horn on Istanbul map

The Golden Horn of Istanbul

The Golden Horn, is a natural estuary dividing Istanbul’s European side.The estuary or otherwise known as “Halic” in Turkish, while situated on the European half of Istanbul is a ford which is both shaped in the likeness of a horn while also fed by … Read More

The Bosphorus and public commuter ferries

The Bosphorus of Istanbul

Also known as the Istanbul Strait, the Bosphorus which is also called Bogazici or the “Strait” is a natural formation which serves as a portion of Asia’s border between Europe. At 31 kilometers / 17 nautical miles in length by 3 kilometers / 1.8 nautical … Read More

Rumeli Fortress Istanbul

Rumeli Fortress (Rumelihisarı)

Both of these fortresses were created during the 2nd and 3rd siege of Constantinople. Anadoluhisari (Anadolu fortress), was built in 1394 by Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I- “The Thunderbolt” – as part of a successful siege in 1395, It was used as a watchtower, at … Read More

Entrance of Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is currently housed in a building that was the Ibrahim Pasha Palace, a sublime example of 16th century Ottoman architecture. The date of the building is unknown, but surmised to be around the early … Read More

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul

Rustem Pasha Mosque

The Rustem Pasha Mosque is similar to the Suleymaniye Mosque in many ways. Rustem Pasha, the founder of this mosque and a Grand Vizier, was the son-in-law of the Sultan Suleiman. Construction of this mosque by Mimar (architect) Sinan began in … Read More

Maiden's Tower Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi) of Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower is a short, elegant, tower on a small island, across the Sea of Marmara, Northeast of Istanbul, in the Uskudar district, is another popular landmark, also known as Kiz Kulesi in Turkish, has been a stunning addition to major motion pictures … Read More

Istanbul Archaeology Museums Main Building

Istanbul Archaeology Museums

The Istanbul Archeology Museums are housed in the first courtyard of the Topkapi Palace and encompasses three buildings. A collection of sarcophagi including the Alexander Sarcophagus, which contained the Sidonian King Abdalonymous instead of Alexander the Great, has beautiful carvings of battles and … Read More

Galata Tower information

Galata Tower (Tower of Christ)

Hazerfan Ahmet Celebi was an Ottoman Empire Aviator in the 17th century, purported to have flown with artificial wings on more than one occasion from this tower at a height of over 65 meters. The tower was built in the 1300’s, the tallest … Read More