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Kadıköy District

Kadikoy is a quiet residential neighborhood on Istanbul's Asian coast, famous for its bustling fish and vegetable markets, where you can buy Turkish pizza, olives, stuffed mussels and more. Translated into Turkish, Kadikoy means "village of judges." Kadikoy was once a separate settlement when Byzantium stood behind the Bosphorus on the historic peninsula. Kadikoy's history dates back to 635 BC, Megara...

Istanbul Annual Marathon

The Istanbul Marathon is an international athletics competition held in Istanbul, Turkey, first held in the year 1979. It is the only marathon in the world that spans two continents, Asia and Europe. This year's competitions include 42km and 15km races and an inline skating marathon. Each race is designed for a limited number of participants. The N Kolay 43rd Istanbul Marathon is set to be staged on...

Başakşehir District

The Basaksehir district is located on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. It is considered one of the richest areas in Istanbul and is known as “The rich Arab neighborhood”, and is one of the most distinctive and modern districts among Istanbul's 39 districts. The district's population is predominantly young people, with those under 40 making up 40% of the population and those between the ages of...

The Topkapı Palace

Cannon Gate Palace is a large museum in the eastern part of Istanbul's Fatih district. It was the main residence and administrative center of the Ottoman Sultan. Topkapi originally called it "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace. In the 19th century, it was named Topkapi, meaning cannon gate. The palace complex is located on Cape Serraglio, a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn where the...

Istanbul Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar or Kapalıçarşı (covered Market), is one of the oldest (over 550 years old), biggest and thriving covered markets in the world. It is by far the most visited market as it was listed as the world's most-visited tourist attraction with 91,250,000 annual visitors. The Grand Bazaar is also the center of gold and foreign exchange in Turkey. It accommodates 61 covered streets and over...

Owning a Property in Turkey as a Foreigner

Investing in Turkey does not require owning a citizenship, If you want to buy a house in Turkey as a non-resident or a foreigner, there are a few points you need to consider when it comes to legal issues, and the documents you will need in order to understand what you're looking for, here's a simple guide to get you started on the process. Due to its fascinating nature, Mediterranean weather, rich...

The Underground City

An ancient underground city was found carved out of a terraced stone, located in Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes and properties found throughout Cappadocia. According to the National Turkish Department of Culture, the city of Derinkuyu was formed in the Byzantine era. It was used as a...

Taksim Square

Taksim Square is located in Beyoglu in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is very famous for its restaurants, shops, pubs, movie theaters and hotels, with all that it is considered to be the heart of modern Istanbul. Taksim Square is a busy entertainment and sightseeing area for both locals and tourists in Istanbul. Underneath the square is the central station of the Istanbul metro...

The Princes’ Islands

One of Istanbul’s tourist attractions and popular summer destinations is The Princes Islands. The islands contain four large islands called Adalar (Islands) in Turkish and their names are; Büyükada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada, and five much smaller islands located southeast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. During the Byzantine Dynasty, many princes were exiled to the islands, Ottoman...

The Historic Cihangir Mosque

The Cihangir mosque is one of the most ancient historical monuments in the city of Istanbul. The mosque was built in the ottoman era on behalf of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hürrem as a monument for their youngest son Şehzade Cihangir who died in Aleppo on 27 November 1553 at the age of twenty-two. Cihangir suffered from various health problems and was a hunchback. He did not...

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