Ortaköy: A pretty village on the Bosphorus

...The knot of fear                                                                                                                          United in peace                                                                                                                               Every now and then                                                                                                     Juxtaposed                                                                                                                                           Just a few steps apart                                                                                                                    Looks at each other compassionately                                                                                                  On the shores of Istanbul                                                                                                                 The Ezan                                                                                                                                              The Bell                                                                                                                                                 The Hazan                                                                                                                                           Beki L. Bahar This pretty village lies on the European side of Bosphorus. When the Byzantine emperor Basil commissioned a... Continue Reading →

Arnavutkoy, an authentic Bosphorus neighborhood

Arnavutköy (arna-vut-kėuy), the Albanian Village This charming neighbourhood is located  on the European side of the Bosphorus. At one time she was called as Anapolis and Estias. Her name  “Albanian” comes from the group of Albanians settled  during the early Ottoman period, and the Greeks used to call her as Michaelion “the city of angels” ... Continue Reading →

The Lost Harbour of Constantinople

One of the largest urban excavations in history exposes a massive Byzantine port. This is the site where a new east-west rail line will emerge from below ground connecting with the city's subways light rail system and the busses. But, nearly 1,700 years ago another transportation hub was built here the first port of Constantinople... Continue Reading →

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