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Astoria Istanbul Shopping Centre

Shopping Centre

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

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Lavanda Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Boutique Hotel

Cakirkeyif Otel Silivri

Boutique Hotel

Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel Yesilyurt

5 Star Hotel

Beyazit or Serasker Tower Istanbul

Beyazit or Serasker Tower Istanbul

Tetratsiyon Tower for Spoting Fires

During the Byzantine period the “Tetratsiyon” tower was built for observing fires in remote areas and is where the Beyazit Tower stands today. The architect, Kirkor Balyan, who was educated at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris,
 designed the tower in 1749 and which was built by Hüseyin Ağa and holds the distinction of being the first ever fire observing tower. It has also been called “Harik Kiosk” or “Harik Tower” as “harik” means fire in Turkish. The observers in the tower are called “köşklü, köşlü or dideban”. When firewatchers spotted a fire during the day, they would lower baskets and at night light lamps and the amount of each would indicate the location of the fire.

During the march of insurgents, the wooden tower was set on fire by the Janissaries and then rebuilt in stone on the same site in 1828 by Senekerim Balyan, the brother Kirkor Balyan under the command of Sultan Mahmut II.

Beyazit Tower

This 85m stone tower stands in the  Istanbul University grounds dominating the skyline, and has a wooden staircase with 256 steps. Before this tower was built the minarets of the Suleymaniye Mosque were used as watch towers for fires.

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Beylerbeyi Palace

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Zeki Pasa Mansion House

Dolmabahce Palace Istanbul

Historical Bosphorus Mansions

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Turkish Food Recipes

Bulgur with Meat - Rice & Pasta Dishes

Main Course

Saffron Pilaf - Rice & Pasta Dishes

Main Course

Keskul or Almond Cream - Dairy Desserts

Dessert

Stuffed Mackerel - Other Main Courses

Main Course

Turkish Walnut Cookies in Syrup - Other Desserts

Dessert

Stuffed Pishi - Pastries

Tea Time Pastry

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