Ortaköy: A pretty village on the Bosphorus

...The knot of fear                                                                                                                          United in peace                                                                                                                               Every now and then                                                                                                     Juxtaposed                                                                                                                                           Just a few steps apart                                                                                                                    Looks at each other compassionately                                                                                                  On the shores of Istanbul                                                                                                                 The Ezan                                                                                                                                              The Bell                                                                                                                                                 The Hazan                                                                                                                                           Beki L. Bahar This pretty village lies on the European side of Bosphorus. When the Byzantine emperor Basil commissioned a... Continue Reading →

From the Nile to the Bosphorus

                                                                                      Myths do travel as long as people wander The Bosphorus, known as the Istanbul Strait is a strait that forms the boundary between the Thrace and Anatolian sections of Turkey. The ancient writers state that the Bosphorus derived its name from the passage of Io in the shape of a cow. The story of... Continue Reading →

Arnavutkoy, an authentic Bosphorus neighborhood

Arnavutköy (arna-vut-kėuy), the Albanian Village This charming neighbourhood is located  on the European side of the Bosphorus. At one time she was called as Anapolis and Estias. Her name  “Albanian” comes from the group of Albanians settled  during the early Ottoman period, and the Greeks used to call her as Michaelion “the city of angels” ... Continue Reading →

A Journey from Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

In our  walk and cruise by Bosphorus trip, we have the opportunity to see and talk about how the view and landscape of Bosphorus has changed through time. The current exhibition at Pera museum displays the photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid XIXth Century to XX Century. The eastern world especially the Arabs used... Continue Reading →

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