Turkey: Rising religious intolerance; Nora Koloyan-Keuhnelian; Al-Ahram Weekly

A US State Department report on religious freedom and a warning early this week left Turkey unhappy. But not wrongly accused, say many. Nora Koloyan-Keuhnelian reports…

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Russian church leader says calls to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque threaten Christianity; Reuters

Patriarch Kirill, the leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church, said on Monday that calls to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque posed a threat to Christianity.

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Museum or mosque? The battle over the fate of Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia; Kristina Jovanovski; NBC

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Erdogan slams criticism over turning Hagia Sophia into mosque; Menafm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the rising international criticism over the country’s decision on whether the Hagia Sophia, a 1,500 year old Unesco World Heritage site in Istanbul, can be converted into a mosque. “The accusations against our country on the Hagia Sophia mean a direct attack on our sovereignty rights,” Xinhua news agency quoted Erdogan as saying at the opening ceremony of another mosque in Istanbul on Friday.

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World heritage in Turkey: Historical areas of Istanbul with marvelous masterpieces; Irem Yasar; Daily Sabah

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48 HOURS IN ISTANBUL; Aruna Chandaraju; Deccan Herald


An eclectic blend of the East and the West, Istanbul’s heritage and riches are aplenty. Join Aruna Chandaraju on a frenetic trip around stunning minarets and spice markets…

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3 Days in Istanbul: An Itinerary to Cover Centuries of History; Chris Backe; Everything Everywhere

If you have two or three days in Istanbul, use this itinerary to discover off-the-beaten path things to do—many near top attractions. Here’s what you need to know.

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Exploring Istanbul: Here’s what to do on your first visit to Turkey’s cultural capital; Pallavi Pasricha; Financial Express

Once the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is replete with history and culture that you can explore in its many museums, mosques and palaces.

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Should You Take Kids to Istanbul?; Melanie Haiken; Points Guy

Walking through the arrival doors of the vast and sparkling new Istanbul (IST) airport, Melanie Haiken was greeted by a colorful backlit photograph of Istanbul’s Bosphorus river with the slogan: “A glittering meeting of two continents.” Having read about Istanbul’s importance in world history as the intersection of Europe and Asia, Melanie was well ready to …

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Visiting The Neighborhoods Of Fatih, Fener, and Balt, Istanbul; KLKN TV

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Irresistible Istanbul: Turkey’s cultural capital; Iain Akerman; Arab News

Although the bulk of Istanbul’s historic sites lie across the Golden Horn in Sultanahmet, there’s something magnetic about Beyoğlu. It personifies Istanbul’s confidence and economic energy, is…

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