World Traveller September 2019

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WEEKENDS

CULTURE TRIP

Let us reacquaint you with this

culture spot that's ideally placed for

a mind-nourishing mini break

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ISTANBUL

Hagia Sophia

HISTORICAL SITES AND MUSEUMS

Comprised of three museums – the archaeological

museum, the museum of the ancient Orient

and the museum of Islamic art – the Istanbul

Archaeology Museums draw history buffs

with their impressive line-up of archaeological

treasures. Just around the corner, Topkapı

Palace offers a glimpse into the grand lives of the

Ottoman Empire’s Sultans during the 15 th and 19 th

centuries by showcasing extravagant relics of the

dynasty’s riches. Widely considered the epitome

of Byzantine architectural expertise, Hagia Sophia

should be your next stop. Marvel at shimmering

gold mosaics, exquisite Arabic calligraphy and

huge domes built nearly 1,500 years ago.

ART GALLERIES

Known for challenging visitors’ ideas about art,

Arter is quickly gaining a reputation as an edgy

platform for Turkish art featuring the likes of Mona

Hatoum, Sarkis and Marc Quinn. More on the

avant-garde spectrum, Rodeo offers innovation in

spades with its cutting-edge take on art. But the

crème de la crème of the city’s art scene is Istanbul

Modern. Blending the city's artistic and cultural

identity with the international art world is what

makes this creative hub a must-see.

THIS MONTH'S HIGHLIGHT

Already listed among the

most visionary art events

of 2019, the 16 th Istanbul

Biennial is taking place this

year between 14 September

and 10 November. Curated

by French art scholar and

writer Nicolas Bourriaud,

the long awaited exhibition

is titled 'The Seventh

Continent' and will aim

to highlight the impact of

ARTISAN FINDS

human activities on the

planet through the brilliant Coffee lovers should make a beeline to

work of more than 57 artists.

Çadircilar Caddesi near the Grand Bazaar

and watch coppersmiths perfect the art of coffee

pot-making. For a swirl of colour, places like Iznik

produce the best ceramic pieces renowned for

their rich and elaborate designs.

LOCAL FLAVOUR

A true classic, Borsa serves up age-old delicacies

with a gorgeous backdrop of the city. Dive into

traditional dishes like döner, kuzu taandır and içli

köfte. Alternatively, Karaköy Lokantası is the place

to go for a taste of home-cooked goodness. The

restaurant invites guests with its cosy ambience

and delicious spread of local specialities.

Traditional coffee-pot

WHERE TO STAY

Live the Sultan life at Hotel Sultania and indulge in

a signature Hammam fit for royals. For those with a

keen interest in history, Eresin Crown Hotel boasts

the title ‘museum hotel’ for its impressive display of

real artefacts from the Ottoman and Byzantine eras.

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