It is not surprising that a city like Istanbul has many stories behind the names of its neighborhoods. Since the beauty of city flourished creativity when it comes to calling neighborhoods, there are countless interesting background stories of neighborhood names. Here we list only 7 of them to give you the glimpse of it.
Last week we listed 10 not to miss activities in the first half of June 2016 @ Istanbul. In this post you can find 10 not to be missed Istanbul activities and events in the second half of June 2016. Hopefully, you will thank us after reading it.
June is one of the most active months in terms of activities, events, and exhibitions, since it is the beginning of the summer. In this post we are compiling 10 not to miss activities and events in Istanbul in the first half of June 2016. I hope you like them all!
Istanbul with its unique synergy, culture, landscape and architecture and wonderful energy has inspired many artists. We have met Istanbul’s magical blend of foreign and familiar, old and modern, Islamic and Mediterranean in novels, poetries, songs and movies, of course. Istanbul’s world-renowned sites, such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, Eminönü, the Basilica Cistern, Beyazıt and many other locations in the city have showed their hospitality to many filmmakers. We have compiled some “Nostalgic Movie Scenes of Istanbul” in Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema). Now, we will list some new scenes of Istanbul from the Hollywood and the world cinema.
St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice is one of the most visited monuments in the world and it dates back to late 11th century. Due to its rich decoration and gold ground mosaics indicating wealth and power of the Venetians, the church is also known as Church of Gold (Chiesa d’Oro).
But did you know that its courtyard contains several monuments brought from Istanbul?
Vinyl records may be a thing of the past, but the nostalgia of purchasing an LP in the City of Seven hills will be forever. Stop in a vinyl shop and browse through the psychedelic music of the 1970s! Owning an antique vinyl record from Istanbul will leave you feeling high that no key chain-souvenir or Turkish lamp can achieve!
Cinema is the mirror of the city. One of the best ways to familiarize with a city is cinema. İstanbul, with no doubt, is a city of cinema. It has been the main natural plateau of Turkish cinema since the end of 1930s. The first filming in İstanbul was made by a camera located on a boat throughout the golden horn.
If you also enjoy feeling the spirit of a city through the movies such as Roman Holiday, In Bruges or Before Sunrise, let’s look at Istanbul, the city with seven hills, in the eyes of the seventh art. Even, let’s wear the nostalgic glasses and luckily have the chance to look at Istanbul of those times in old movies of Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema).
It’s impossible to think of Istanbul without thinking of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus defines the city and is the place of fantastic views, waterside neighbourhoods, opulent palaces, ornate Ottoman mosques, wooden yalı mansions, fish restaurants, charming tea gardens, walking routes, green parks, cross-continental vapurs (ferries) and much more. It literally connects the two sides of Istanbul – in more than one way.
Paris without Shakespeare and Company, Porto without Livraria Lello & Irmao, or Maastricht without Selexyz is just “eh”. You should walk not only around the streets of a city but also around the pages of a book from a bookshelf of one worth seeing bookstore in the city. Here is the list of five charming bookstores which are worth to see in Istanbul.