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Asitane Restaurant – Recreating Fine Ottoman Cuisine

The Asitane Restaurant’s mission is to rediscover and recreate the lost recipes of during Ottoman Empire.

 

Ottoman cuisine – can’t find this in #NYC. #Istanbul #Turkey #Travel

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Behind the Chora Church is the Asitane Restaurant. It means Head Gate in Farsi. It’s the perfect place to have lunch after a visit to the Byzantine church. The Asitane Restaurant’s mission is to rediscover and recreate the lost recipes of during Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman reign lasted for 700 years but very few recipes have survived. The empire had a strong tradition that demanded cooks to keep their recipes and cooking techniques a secret.

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Mosaics & Frescos At The Chora Church

Expect beautiful mosaics and neck pains during your visit to the Chora Church.

 

The Chora Church is a great place to escape the rain while continuing my exploration of Istanbul on a rainy day. Unfortunately, so did a lot of other tourists. It felt like all of Istanbul was crammed into the small Byzantine Church.

Located in the Edirnekapi district of Istanbul, the Chora Church was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. From the walls to the ceilings, its interior is plastered with beautiful mosaics and frescoes.

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Taking A Bosporus Cruise To Yoros Castle

The Bosporus Cruise takes you to Yoros Castle, which has a panoramic view of where the Bosporus River meets the Black Sea.

 

Cruising on the Bosphorus River in #Istanbul, #Turkey. #Travel

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The Bosporus River is the winding water way that divides Turkey into two. Most tourists stay on the European side and take short day trips across to Uskudar or Kadikoy, which is located on the Asian side. It’s vice-versa with Istanbulites. Many of them live on the Asian side and commute via ferry to the European side.

I boarded a ship at Eminonu district for a Bosporus Cruise, making alternate stops along the European and Asian side of the river. The length of the cruise varies depending on the time you spend exploring each port.

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