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The Grand Bazaar is a thriving complex, employing 26,000 people and visited by between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is overwhelming with the variety of jewellery, carpet, leather goods, turkish delight and ceramic shops. Many of the shops are owned by the same people. It competes with modern shopping malls common in Istanbul, but its beauty and fascination are alluring. Bargaining is essential ...
... and pavilions over 700,000 square meters housing an incredibly impressive collection of Chinese porcelain, jewellery and treasures, clothes weapons and armour from the ottoman period. The richness of the exhibits rivals anything I have seen anywhere and very successfully displays the vast reach and wealth of the Ottoman Empire at its peak. On my third day I caught a ferry up the Bosporus. After zigzagging between Europe and Asia and seeing Istanbul ...
... really takes your breath away. During a restoration - one that seems to be permanent, the archeological team have uncovered many of the original mosaics. There is of course a tension between revealing the original and artwork and leaving it in its current decorative state- the Islamic art inside the building is equally beautiful and equally worthy of being restored/ saved. How the future pans out for the hagia Sofia is a metaphor for the tensions between Islam and the ...
... that we need to put religion aside, because maintaining a good relationship with Turkey provides a geographically strategic ally in a relatively hostile area. An ally that is also viewed favorably by many Middle Eastern Muslims, many of whom, Syrians particularly, have had to seek refuge in Turkey due to conflict. (http://syrianrefugees.eu/). I think that Turkey, aside from ...
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- "Shopping" - fashion labels fastened by pins and made to look like a shark from far away
- "Beyrut" - video projection of ...