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Guide to Literary Life in Istanbul, Turkey

Jasper James Istanbul's Literary Life

Photo: Jasper James

Istanbul's university is built high above the Bosporus around a greensward that looks a lot like Princeton, which isn't surprising since it was built by an American, Cyrus Hamlin, as Robert College in the 19th century, when it was directed by a board of American trustees. In 1971, when the trustees could no longer afford to keep the school running, it was taken over by the Turkish government, and is now the most distinguished state university in Turkey.

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Destinations: Istanbul · Eminönü/Sultanahmet

Inspired by: Literary Life in Istanbul’s Changing Society — by Nancy Milford, Published Dec. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Bebek Hotel

    Nestled in a protected bend of the Bosphorus, Bebek is perhaps the most exclusive neighborhood in the city, with luxurious apartments running up th

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    Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul at Sultanahmet

    Set in the heart of Sultanahmet—a few minutes' walk from Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace—this property’s century-

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    Fez Café

    The average day in Turkey is punctuated by round after round of tea and coffee, and shopping is no different. Since accepting a cup from a seller i

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    Bogaziçi Borsa

    In Turkey, the Özkanca family is synonymous with premier restaurants and cuisine. One of their best-loved ventures is located in the Istanbul Conve

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    Homer Kitabevi Books

    For prestige, no schools top Galatasary Lise in central Taksim. Across from its vaunted black gates, Homer Kitabevi (bookstore) specializes in acad

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    Robinson Crusoe Books

    Towards the south end of the city’s main commercial drag, Istiklal Caddesi, Robinson Crusoe bookshop often teems with intellectuals, expatriates, a

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    Topkapi Palace

    Though it served as the royal residence and seat of the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries, this palace isn’t the mighty pleasure dome that m

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    Rumeli Hisari

    In the stranglehold that eventually throttled Constantinople in 1453, the Rumeli Hisar (castle) served as the lynch pin. Constructed on the narrowe

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