Tag: Ottoman Empire

The sixth century Basilica Cistern.

One of the most amazing sights or structures in Istanbul today lies beneath our feet. In the subterranean depths below […]

Past and Present: The Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul.

Past Life on the Bosphorus, as we know it today, with its bustling urban centres, was non-existent during the Roman/Byzantine […]

Narrative History’s Man of the Moment.

“History is taught, I believe, by one thing only- sparking interest. This means telling a good story, of which there […]

Coffee and the Ottoman coffeehouse (a brief history of…)

Coffee today, easily ranks in the top ten most traded commodities in the world. It sits comfortable amongst natural gas, […]