Details that Set Apart

Surp Yegya Armenian Church – Eyup Sometimes details are the aspects that make a whole perfect. Istanbul in a way, is unique and perfect in its whole because of the small details the city holds. One way or another, everyone who tours around this city gets caught up in a detail and falls under its…

The Oldest Functioning Shipyard of the World

Halic Shipyard     Standing once where the Byzantium shipyard used stand, Halic Shipyard was built after Sultan Mehmet’s conquest of Istanbul. The shipyard that was formerly known as Tersane-i Amire, was built in 1455. As once it was considered to be a maritime center of the world, today Halic Shipyard holds the record for…

The Last Palace

Yildiz Palace – Besiktas   Situated alongside Ciragan Palace in what was formerly known as Kazancioglu Gardens, Yildiz Palace now stands where once sultans used as a hunting site.               The first summer palace on the site was ordered to be built by Ahmet Ist. The palace was started…

The Building that Awaited its Music

Sureyya Opera House – Kadikoy   In order to talk about Sureyya Opera House, you must first learn about Sureyya Ilmen himself. Founder of the aviation organization and a textile factory, Ilmen not only served as a member of the parliament but also donated most of his wealth to charities and different causes. As such,…

The Begrudging Visitor

Arap Izzet Pasha (Iliasko) Manor    Iliasko Manor in Buyukada (Prinkipo) was commissioned to be built by Konstantinos Iliasko, who at the time was the head manager of Athens Bank in Galata region. At the start of the 20th century, Iliasko Manor alongside its neighbouring manor came under Arap Izzet (Holo) Pasha’s ownership. Arap Izzet…