Google and Real Turkey

Özel Arama
I am a citizen of Istanbul and you can find my recommendations regarding what you should do during your stay at Istanbul.

You know, most of the tourists just visit the most popular places and return to their countries without experiencing the real city life.

The objective of my blog is to help you to see the real city life in Istanbul.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Neve Shalom Synagogue


Probably, Neve Shalom is the most famous synagogue in Turkey. many Jewish citizens prefer Neve Shalom to pray. It is very close to Galata district and so Istiklal avenue and Taksim Square.

The synagogue is on the Buyuk Hendek Street in the Kuledibi district of Beyoglu square. The Neve Salom ("Peace Oasis") Synagogue was built by renovating the gymnasium was converted to a synagogue in 1938, but it couldn't be used because of a lack of permission. Permission was granted in 1949, and the project was prepared by Elio Ventuos and Bernard Motola, two graduates from Istanbul Technical University. It was opened for prayer and worship in 1951.

Its most striking attractions are the dome which holds an eight ton chandelier, the stained glass windows which were imported from England, and the marble sections.

Hidiv Pavilion in Istanbul

Hidiv Pavilion, Istanbul

As a citizen of Istanbul, one of my favourite place to visit in Istanbul is Hidiv Pavilion. It is in the Asian side of Istanbul. Hidiv Pavilion ( Hidiv Kasri in Turkish) is very close to the town, Kanlica where is in the Asian part of Bosphorous. You can come to Kanlica by ferry and then you can take a taxi to climb to the hill.

"The garden of Hidiv Pavilion"

"The Hidiv Pavilion"

On the slopes of Çubuklu, within a large grove of trees, the mansion was built for the Egyptian Hidiv Abbas Hilmi Paşa in 1907 by the Italian architect Delto Seminati. The building- of completely western style, occupies an area of 1000 square meters. In the middle of the main entrance is a marble monumental, its stained glass ceiling reaching to the roof. There are in many parts of the building very elaborate foundations and pools.

By means of interconnecting salons the building forms a circle only being interrupted by the entrance hall. Rooms are located on the upper floor and the two large bedrooms located above the chimneyed entrance salon are without peer. They are especially noteworthy for the wall panelling and the bathrooms. Another feature of the building is the tower from which half of the Bosphorus vista can be seen. Ascending to the tower by elevator or stairs you come to a balconied middle floor and above that is terace open to the sky. This tower adds markedly to the beauty of the building.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Travel to Turkey

Travel to Turkey

Christians, Muslims, Jews have been living together in peace in Turkey. Historical buildings that belong to different cultures can be seen in Turkey. Capital city of Byzantium and Ottoman Empire, Istanbul exists in Turkey. Sun, beach, and fantastic sea also exist in Turkey. Travel to Turkey!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Babazula, psychedelic music band

Baba Zula

If you want to listen Turkish sound and see original scene show, you should go to concert of Baba Zula.

Babazula defines their sound as oriental Istanbul rock'n roll that rolls in a futuristic way inspired by the late 60's.

You can check their concert schedule below:
( check the "dates" section in the webpage of Baba Zula )

Below, you can see two videos of Baba Zula.

Baba Zula - Hey 

Baba Zula - Istanbul Cocukları / Children of Istanbul 

You can buy concert tickets by biletix
( online ticket service company ). Just write "baba zula" in search box.

"Real Turkiye"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Map of Istanbul

Old Istanbul

The Great City, Istanbul is shown on the map! Left side is Europe and the right side is Asia. What a wonderful meeting it is!

"The Map of Istanbul"

You see the "Old Istanbul" map here! If you click on the image, you can see the details on the map.

The old town, Samatya

The old town, Samatya

This is the photo of Samatya which is a small town in Istanbul. Samatya is famous for fish, mussel and calamary. We often buy fish from Samatya.

This is the photo of a church in Samatya which was built in the times of Byzantium. There are still old buildings that stand on narrow streets.

Mihrabad Grove, Istanbul

Mihrabad Grove, Istanbul

Mihrabad Grove is one of the places that you should visit.

It is next to Second Bosphorous Bridge ( Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge) in Asian part of Istanbul.

Here are some photos of Mihrabad Grove.