Nevizade Street, Beyoğlu, Istanbul .  Endless little bistros, trinket shops, flower stands, very lively night and day, was party central in early 20th Century post world war .

Boncuk Meyhane is located at the famous and popular Nevizade Sokak, which is just off the Istiklal Caddesi. Nevizade Sokak is one of the best places in the world for a boisterous evening meal and people-watching. Boncuk is a great choice on this street.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Camii -- Built 1616 during the height of Ottoman Empire reign, it is only 1 of 2 mosques out of thousands of mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets instead of the customary 4 or 2. The dramatic inside of the mosque is lined with over 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles, made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs in mostly blue tints (Hence the name of the mosque in English).

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul - Turkey *Lol, this is not the Blue Mosque. It's Sabanci Merkez Camii in Adana - Turkey.

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia - Was a Greek orthodox Christian Patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and how a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The remarkable Christ Pantocrator mosaic, dome of Saint Savior in Chora Church, Kariye Muzesi, Istanbul, Turkey. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century right at the commencement of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium. The interior of this church is "to die for", pun intended. In Isty, amazingly you will find some of the most gorgeous churches in the world, there since antiquity of course.

The Kariye Museum (Church of the Holy Savior in Chora), near the Byzantine city walls - Istanbul, Turkey - fantastic mosaics (circa

A classically appointed Topkapı Palace room, with the blue tiles and the colored-glass ornate window, a life of regal splendor and informed indulgence 500 years ago in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

The Abu Bekir Ratip Yali in Yenikoy, Istanbul, European side of the Bosphorus, circa 1850. Famous writers, film stars, world-renowned artists, ballet dancers, business leaders, Princes and Kings of European Empires, all congregated there in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries . It has some of the most beautiful ceiling paintings in Istanbul, and also one of the largest, most spectacularly verdant gardens with pools gushing with exotic fish behind the yali.

The Abu Bekir Ratip Yali in Yenikoy, Istanbul, European side of the Bosphorus, circa 1850. Famous writers, film stars, world-renowned artists, ballet dancers, business leaders, Princes and Kings of European Empires, all congregated there in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries . It has some of the most beautiful ceiling paintings in Istanbul, and also one of the largest, most spectacularly verdant gardens with pools gushing with exotic fish behind the yali.

The Ostrorog Yali, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Bought in 1900 by Count Leon Valerien Ostrorog of Poland who married the daughter of an important Istanbul Italian Levantine family, Jeanne Lorando. Pierre Loti was a frequent guest, as were many other European luminaries of the time .  Its gardens are quite extensive, and have been embellished with extraordinary antiquities provided by its new owner, a rather well-known patriarch of a Turkish industry and banking empire .

Turkish Revival

From a summer villa on the Bosporus to a glass-and-steel structure by Norman Foster, AD explores the varying styles of this old-world region

House Hotel, Istanbul, one of the rising stars of really cool and classy boutique hotels in this vast city.  The owners are very refined people, and the hotel and restaurant/bar in Ortakoy, right on the Bosphorus, really gets the juices going, day and night .

Wood ceilings, tufted leather sofas in warm grey and brown, House Hotel, Istanbul

Mica Ertegun, world famous designer spouse of the late, great Ahmet Ertegun, here designs Istanbul Ottoman Bosphorus Yali elegant life as only Mica Ertegun can . The balcony facing the Bosphorus is the only remaining Ottoman era balcony that cantilevers directly over the flowing Bosphorus below .

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On the Bosporus with echoes of Ottoman Exoticism, a waterfront yali raises again in Istanbul--Interior Design by Mica Ertegun of MAC II

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