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some useful sites about istanbul
http://english.istanbul.com/Content.aspx?CatId=253 ( for exploring istanbul)
a site about istanbul and some secret details of istanbul
istanbul from Pierre Loti
"What power on earth will give me
back my life in the East, my free life in
the open air, and my desultory rambles
amid the stir and clamour of Stamboul?
To set out of a morning from Atmeidan
with Eyoub for destination that evening;
chaplet in hand to go the round of the
mosques, to look in at all the cafedjis, to
linger by sepulchres, mausoleums, baths,
and squares, to sip Turkish coffee from
minute blue cups with copper holders,
to sit in the sun and smoke a narghileh
till a pleasing torpor ensues, to chat with
dervishes and fellow wayfarers, to be
free, light-hearted and unknown, and
to be oneself part and parcel of this
kaleidoscopic scene, so full of movement
and sunshine! And all the time to hug the
ghought that the beloved awaits one in
one's own house at nightfall"
any tips or interesting events about history
let's write some ineteresting tips about istanbul
did u know candarlı?
Çandarlı (Chandarly) Halil Pasha was a highly influential Ottoman grand vizier under the Sultans Murat II and, for the first years of his reign, under Mehmet II (from 1439 to 1 June 1453 precisely)
in 1453, one of the first acts committed by the (then fully reigning) Mehmet II immediately after the conquest of İstanbul (Constantinople) was to execute his grand vizier Çandarlı Halil Pasha and confiscate his property. It is interesting to note that the city had been taken on 29 May 1453 and this execution took place on 1 June 1453, suggesting a design conceived by the sultan for a long time.