What do the Hagia Sophia, Tokapi Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim Square and the Grand Bazaar have in common? They are on the European side of Istanbul, indeed, as virtually all of the city’s popular sights. But that’s certainly no reason to dismiss the Asian side. Although primarily a residential area, with few preserved historical structures, […]
The fall of the Ottoman Empire was not a pretty one. Weakened for centuries, it spend the last few decades of its life as “the sick man of Europe.” Nevertheless, it still found beauty in art, especially in architecture,
The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.