Eying the Vault

The Ottoman Bank Building – Karakoy Transformed into Salt Galata art gallery a few years back, if you still haven’t been to the Ottoman Bank’s building on Karakoy’s Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Avenue) we recommend you do it soon.  As a part of the gallery, the museum on the lower floor depicts the history of the…

Islamic Inventors in Istanbul

Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam – Gulhane Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam is situated at Has Barns near Topkapi Palace’s wall. Relatively new, the museum opened its gates in 2008. The museum’s biggest collection consists of replicas based on works done in medicine, astronomy, physics,…

From Suleiman the Magnificent for his Father

Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque – Fatih   This week we bring you Yavuz Sultan Selim (Selim I) Mosque that Suleiman the Magnificent had it be made for his father.  This mosque is one of the seven “selatin” mosques that were built on the seven hills of Istanbul, and it is on the fifth hill. Completed…

An İstanbul Nostalgia

Tunel – Beyoglu Walking down Yuksek Kaldirim hill from the center of social life in 1870s Pera to the heart of finance and commerce Bankalar Caddesi was perhaps easy, but climbing up was an effort. For this reason the French engineer Eugene Henri Gavand designed an elevator inspired railway project “Tunel” (tunnel) and got Sultan…

Shoots and Scores

Inonu Stadium – Dolmabahce Architects of the stadium that opened its gates on May 19 1947 were Vietti Violi, Sinasi Sahingiray and Fazil Aysu. The uncovered grandstand section was later added to the stadium once the natural gas plant on the ground was demolished. The first game the stadium held was on November 23 1947…