• Istanbul from Above

    October 7th, 2010adminIstanbul, Ottomans

    Peering down from Ottoman ruins

    Fatih is one the of the best neighborhoods for urban exploration in Istanbul. The neighborhood houses the city’s most zealously religious community. But it is also home to many gypsies, street hustlers and, most importantly, ruins — the kinds that intermingle with greenery and street cats, overlooking skyscrapers and Istanbul’s famous waters. The Byzantines lived in Fatih. The Ottomans, too. Nowadays, the area of a former Byzantine castle is still used …as a bus parking lot. Yes, as a parking lot. History is so alive — and so dead — here, all at once.

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