Through Dusty Paths, We Look Back at a Glorious Past

El Hamra and Melek Cinema Halls This week we are in Beyoglu and we follow dusty paths to two former cinema halls that even Istanbulites have forgotten. As we have mentioned on our Facebook Page, Muhsin Ertugrul’s Ankara Post premiered at these two cinema halls on September 29, 1929. Our first stop is El Hamra…

The Oldest of the Mosques

Beyazit Mosque This week we visited the second selatin mosque (done by the Sultans after a victory) of the city, Beyazit Mosque, ordered to be built by Sultan Beyazit II, and completed in 1505. Since Fatih Mosque’s original design was changed later on, Beyazit Mosque can be considered as the oldest mosque of the city…

The Mosque, Mustafa IIIrd Couldn’t Name After Himself

Laleli Mosque – Aksaray This week we visited Laleli Mosque that Mustafa III had it be built for him between 1759-1763. Involved in westernization efforts, Mustafa III ordered this mosque to be built by Mehmet Tahrir Agha. The bazaar under the mosque was built in the cellar of the mosque and was discovered in 1950s…

A Symbol of Istanbul

Maiden’s Tower – Uskudar While Istanbulites know and love the Maiden’s Tower, we can’t help wondering how many of us actually visited this landmark. We led the way this week and visited the tower. Known today as a chic restaurant, observation point, and a lighthouse; the Maiden’s Tower’s previous occupations were numerous: customs point, radar…

Peace and Serenity

Fatih Mosque This week we are visiting the first of the selatin mosques. The original Fatih Mosque built in the reign of Fatih the Conqueror was damaged beyond repair from various fires and earthquakes, hence the Fatih Mosque we know today was ordered to be built by Sultan Mustafa III in 1771.  The architect of…