What to Do & Where to Go: 24 Hours in Istanbul; E-lyn Tham; TripZilla

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Calls to reopen Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia for worship following NZ terror attack; Yeni Safak

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Discovering mosques of the Islamic world; McGill Reporter

Co-curators of Discovering Mosques of the Islamic World exhibition discuss what visitors can expect to see

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Incomparable and Magnificent Istanbul; Abdul Rastagar; Dave’s Travel Corner

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Female dancer inside Hagia Sophia causes outrage in Turkey; TornosNews.gr

A video of a ballerina doing a split inside Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sophia Museum on Saturday has caused widespread outrage in nationalist and Islamist circles…

Source: Female dancer inside Hagia Sophia causes outrage in Turkey (video) | TornosNews.gr

Istanbul: 15 pictures that will make you want to visit right now; Cheryl Kahla; The South African

Everything you need to know about a quick getaway to Istanbul: what to do, where to to go and the best holiday accommodation options.

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Climate change endangers world heritage sites; Rediff

From Venice and the tower of Pisa, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. According to a study by researchers at the University of Kiel, in Germany, all but two of 49 United Nations-recognised icons of human civilisation rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both, with few options for protecting most of them. | Climate change endangers world heritage sites

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Turkey’s High Court Rejects Plea to Turn Hagia Sophia into Mosque; GTP

Turkey’s High Court has ruled that the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia in the heart of Istanbul cannot be used as a mosque.

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Top Six Greek Treasures in Turkey; Philip Chrysopoulos; Greek Reporter

There are many ancient Greek and Byzantine archaeological and historical sites in Turkey, attracting hundreds of thousands, even millions of visitors every year…

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Lettuce from Byzantium: discover Istanbul’s ancient gardens; Joshua Bruce Allen; The Guide Istanbul

When we think of cultural heritage in cities, we tend to imagine monuments made of stone: Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, or Topkapı Palace. But some of Istanbul’s most ancient sites are not buildings at all. Dating back almost 1,500 years, the urban gardens known in Turkish as bostan are an example of living, growing history. And what could be better than history you can eat?

Source: Lettuce from Byzantium: discover Istanbul’s ancient gardens | The Guide Istanbul magazine