Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey
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Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Local Tip This hotel is quite simply a luxurious oasis right in the heart of the Sultanahmet chaos. With only 65 rooms it's got a very boutique hotel feel with all the luxury of a Four Seasons property.

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Cemberlitas Turkish Bath - Hamam

Local Tip Don't miss the cafe inside overlooking the chimneys.

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Itzhak Perlman in Istanbul

Itzhak Perlman in Istanbul

29 Apr

The living legend, virtuoso of the violin Itzhak Perlman will be in Turkey once again on April 29, 2014 for an anticipated performance. Perlman was honored with 4 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. more »

Hidrellez Festival

Hidrellez Festival

5 May

An age old festival celebrating the arrival of Spring whereby gifts are attached to 'wish trees'. The day is marked with fantastic music originating from the Balkans, and it culminates in acrobatic displays at midnight. These displays are quite a spectacle as the acrobats jump through fire! The festival takes place in the Ahirkapi Sok... more »

Istanbul International Theatre Festival

Istanbul International Theatre Festival

9 May - 6 Jun

First held in 1989, the Istanbul International Theatre Festival is one of the city's top events. Organised on a biennial basis, theatrical productions here include national and international, classical and contemporary renditions of some of the most beloved theatre pieces. With an emphasis on education and exploration of new themes, this... more »

VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & STEFAN VLADAR & VALENTINA LISITSA

VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & STEFAN VLADAR & VALENTINA LISITSA

13 May

Valentina Lisitsa is not only the first “YouTube star” of classical music; more importantly, she is the first classical artist to have converted her internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. Posting her first video on the internet platform YouTube in 2007, her... more »

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Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet Cami

If the wail of the minarets doesn't awaken your senses, then one of Istanbul's most visited mosque- the Sultanahmet/ Blue Mosque- certainly will. more »

Virtual Tours

cocoon

Established in 1996 by Seref Ozen and Mustafa Gokhan Demir, cocoon has grown to become a renowned Turkish brand with the slogan "Seeing comes before words." more »

Istanbul Photos

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Goksu Creek

Goksu Creek

Galata Tower © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Galata Tower © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Ayasofya © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Ayasofya © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Istanbul at night by Mista Riggs

Istanbul at night by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus Cruise by Mista Riggs

Topkapi Palace © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Topkapi Palace © Yildirim Incealemdaroglu

Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

Bosphorus by Mista Riggs

Leander's Tower

Leander's Tower

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