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A Great Day Itinerary for Burgaz Island: My Favorite Princes' Islan...

A Great Day Itinerary for Burgaz Island: My Favorite Princes' Islan...

Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti

Istanbul's 100 fountains built by female benefactors

Istanbul's 100 fountains built by female benefactors

On the historic side of the Golden Horn, in Balat, is Balat Sahil

On the historic side of the Golden Horn, in Balat, is Balat Sahil

The enchanting lands of Urla have a direct effect on the people who traverse these blessed landscapes. Here, folks are merry; nature evokes a feeling of sanctuary, which invokes inspirational prose, most literary.

The enchanting lands of Urla have a direct effect on the people who traverse these blessed landscapes. Here, folks are merry; nature evokes a feeling of sanctuary, which invokes inspirational prose, most literary.

You may have heard the call of your mahalle (neighborhood) bozacı walking down your streets during winter nights letting his presence be known by yelling, “Bozaaaa! Bozacı!”

You may have heard the call of your mahalle (neighborhood) bozacı walking down your streets during winter nights letting his presence be known by yelling, “Bozaaaa! Bozacı!”

The Ayın Biri Church, which translates to “The First Day of the Month,” is located behind the İstanbul Manifaturacılar Çarşısı. On the first day of each month, religious devotees of all faiths visit the site, where they purchase silver and gold keys that represent their wishes.  If a person’s wish comes true, he/she must return the key to the church.  Salesmen outside the gates sell different charms as well, which are believed to induce other successes in life.

The Ayın Biri Church, which translates to “The First Day of the Month,” is located behind the İstanbul Manifaturacılar Çarşısı. On the first day of each month, religious devotees of all faiths visit the site, where they purchase silver and gold keys that represent their wishes. If a person’s wish comes true, he/she must return the key to the church. Salesmen outside the gates sell different charms as well, which are believed to induce other successes in life.

Chora Church, Istanbul.  The most beautiful byzantine mosaics in Istanbul.  You can't miss it.

Chora Church, Istanbul. The most beautiful byzantine mosaics in Istanbul. You can't miss it.

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Balat, Istanbul  Once Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, Balat has attracted a more diverse range of residents over time. Yet the architecture takes you back to a lost era; it’s easy to spend a few hours wandering, preferably with camera in hand, to capture the dilapidated yellow and pink buildings adorned by billowing red or green curtains, all sparkling against the cerulean sky.

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Balat, Istanbul Once Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, Balat has attracted a more diverse range of residents over time. Yet the architecture takes you back to a lost era; it’s easy to spend a few hours wandering, preferably with camera in hand, to capture the dilapidated yellow and pink buildings adorned by billowing red or green curtains, all sparkling against the cerulean sky.

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