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Turkish and Islamic Art Museum

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is the first Turkish museum covering the Turkish and Islamic art works wholly. The collection is exhibited at Ibrahim Pasha Palace which is located in Fatih village of Istanbul at Sultanahmet Square. This square had been a Hippodrome before in the ancient Roman times.


Who is İbrahim Pasha? As being born in Greece, Ibrahim had been a close childhood friend of Ottoman Imperor Sultan Suleyman. Ibrahim Pasha Palace, which is one of the most important samples of 16th century Ottoman civil architecture samples is on the stages of the historical hippodrome from Roman period. This building had been presented to Ibrahim Pasha by Kanuni Sultan Süleyman in 1520, who would be his grand vizier for 13 years.

Ottoman civil buildings are mostly made of wooden, however this palace had been constructed by stones that made the building reach today's era. It had been used by other grand viziers, hosted important weddings and seremonies, used as embassy palace, sewing shop …
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Japanese Garden in Istanbul




I must confess that I had no interest of traveling to Japan as much as my kids wanted to. However it is changed now after our family visit to Japanese Botanic Garden located in Baltalimanı village at Istanbul.

The moment we entered the garden I thought we were walking on a pinky cotton candy meadows. It was so magical that I found my dear daughter rolling over the ground and gigling as all the pinks of flowers were around her hair. So I just ran over and said "hey I mustn't miss this moment Ece please give me a big cheese".



Yes I met these wonderful trees of Sakura which had pink flower blossoms, gosh they are so gorgeous!



We started walking around and watch the beauty of nature. There were several different kind of trees that I never saw before, I believe they are all the botanic examples of Japan. Of course a small creek, a water fall, several stone made Japanese lanterns, a small Japan style bridge and a tea house decorated the garden.



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Anatolian Fortress in Istanbul

Anatolian Fortress  ( Anadolu Hisarı as written in Turkish) is located on the Asian side of Istanbul which is a very unique small village of Anatolia by the Bosphorus shoreline.

The village got its name from the fortress which was built here in 1394 by Ottoman Sultan Bayezıd 1st, who was called as The Thunderbolt, to pass safely with his army from Asia to Europe.

This lovely village has beautiful sights to see at your visit. Such as the creek of Göksu reaching to Marmara sea, the iconic Anatolian Fortress and Küçüksu Pavillion.

Here I always feel as if the time had just stopped in era of late Ottomans. So follow my local walking tour at Anatolian Fortress to find the spirit of living in Istanbul.


#1 See the beautiful Göksu River
The Göksu stream reaches the sea of Marmara at Anatolian Fortress. This is the first location you can sightsee with children where you can find banks, narrow walking paths along the creek. You can also enjoy a boat tour on creek with the beautiful view of Bos…

Fener & Balat Travel Guide for Families

Fener & Balat are two historical villages located at the shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul. They are both reflecting the harmony of three different religions cultures that lived peacefully in Ottoman years. You can see a church in the beginning of a street and a mosque at the end while the synagogue stands at the rear street.
So mainly the neighbourhood was formed of these different religion believers. Their life style, ethical beliefs and of course economical situation shaped the architecture of buildings, praying houses, streets, shopping and their destiny. If you are walking through the streets of Fener & Balat you will find out that each building actually has its own story.
Nowadays the area became popular with new and younger businesses openings. Thus brought picturesque of Fener & Balat mixed with historical buildings forming colorful streets.


I prepared a route for family travelers to find out the popping picturesque historical areas. You can walk this tour with chi…