Byzantine and Ottoman ships revealed in Bulgarian waters
By Roger Williams | November 26, 2016
This is a photogrammetric image (©EEF/Black Sea MAP) of The Flower of the Black Sea
, an Ottoman ship that has been given her name because of the floral patterns found carved on her tiller. Nobody yet knows what she was carrying or where she was going when she sank off...
Archaeology, History, Nature, News
Charity runners raise funds to protect the habitat of the threatened Imperial Eagle
By Emma Harper | November 9, 2016
Imperial Eagle chicks hatch in hundreds of locations in Anatolia and Thrace every year. As the late Alice Carswell wrote in her article ‘Birds of Paradise’, Turkey is one of the few countries in Europe where the Imperial Eagle can still be spotted. Yet these majestic birds are far from...
A long weekend of rest and repose in Çıralı
By Emma Harper | September 19, 2016
When I think of lazy summer days spent lounging by the seaside, I immediately conjure up images of Çıralı. This small town, located on the southern coast of Turkey, is home to a sand-and-pebble beach that stretches for almost 4km, hemmed in by a wooded headland to the north. On...
Inaugural Slow Food-organised event in Ayvalık takes a deep dive into the history, culture and ecology of the olive
By Jennifer Hattam | April 22, 2016
‘Turkey is not really an olive oil country.’ It seemed a strange thing to say at an event hosted in Turkey and dedicated to the world of olives. ‘So why are we meeting here?’ one international participant whispered after the Turkish academic Artun Ünsal made his declaration on the first...
Culinary Arts, Nature, News
By Dayna Tellibayraktar and Peri Sharpe | September 30, 2015
Keeping up with the reshaping of Turkey is not for the faint of heart. Those who are paying attention are forced to digest the ramifications of the actions taken by a growing number of opportunists. In the midst of it all, there are a number of peaceful activists who seek...
Architecture, Exhibitions, Nature, Photography
A journey through Turkish homes
By Lynn Gilbert | September 7, 2015
In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes.
Camili is not your typical tourist destination. For one, it’s difficult to reach: located in a remote area near the Black Sea on the border between Georgia and Turkey, it is surrounded on three...
Architecture, Design, Nature, Photography, Travel
By Victoria Khroundina | August 21, 2015
If you’ve been following the blog, you will know I have been travelling these past few weeks. Last weekend I finally got around to visiting Cappadocia, and out of all the places I have been to in Turkey this awed me the most. The otherworldly landscape peppered with fairy chimneys,...
Nature, Photography, Travel
By Victoria Khroundina | August 12, 2015
Tonight the Istanbul Modern will hold a special event to watch the annual August Perseid meteor shower. Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle (rediscovered in 1992), the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. The debris will slam into...
Museums, Nature, News
The ongoing destruction of Turkey’s coastline
By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2015
Another beauty spot that was. Photos this morning from an activist Facebook site (one the authorities would no doubt love to shut down). They show the ongoing destruction of Güvercinlik Cove on the Bodrum peninsula. Eight years ago, a fire swept through the area in suspicious circumstances, destroying acres of...
Nature, News, Travel
Art for the home
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 6, 2015
On the second part of our Nişantaşı walk we visit another six galleries offering solo shows of artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography and design. Up for grabs are elegant wood sculptures, abstract mixed media on wood, unusual interior products and more. The seventh and final stop is...
Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Nature, Photography
By Victoria Khroundina | December 31, 2014
As 2014 comes to a close, I take a look at the year that was. In January, we announced that the Ancient & Modern award for original research has gone to Dr Peter Andrews (76), doyen of Asian tent studies, with Harriet Rix (23) taking the Godfrey Goodwin prize. Above,...
Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
Turkey’s drought problem
By Victoria Khroundina | July 11, 2014
Every day this week the water in my apartment in Beşiktaş was turned off, for at least an hour. Tuesday proved particularly challenging, with the water off almost the entire day. As reported in the Cihan
newspaper on July 3, the Istanbul Waterworks Authority (ISKI) has been resorting to water...
Northern Forests Defence meeting
By Victoria Khroundina | June 5, 2014
This Saturday (June 7) the Northern Forests Defence group is meeting at 6.30pm at the Tünel end of İstiklal Caddesi to speak up against the construction of the third Istanbul airport. The controversial project will destroy not only a substantial portion of the Belgrade Forest but also Terkoz Lake, the city’s...
By Victoria Khroundina | May 25, 2014
The end of May is perfect for watching birds make their way back to the warmer weather of Western Asia and Europe after a winter in Africa. Many species can be observed flying over the Bosphorus Strait, dubbed the ‘international bird highway’, including Eagles (the Imperial, the Booted and the...
How is it possible for a hotel developer to be allowed to ride roughshod over the Mediterranean’s most idyllic classical site
By The Cornucopia Blog | February 13, 2014
The Lycian city of Phaselis, west of Antalya on Turkey’s southern coast, is one of the most idyllic classical sites in the world. Served in ancient times by several picturesque natural harbours, it was here that Alexander the Great spent the winter of 334/333BC and the ancient Romans sourced their...
By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013
With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was. The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests
. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport
Meet the world's most lethal mushroom
By Alice Greenway | November 7, 2013
Gencer Emiroğlu, small-craft historian and sailing enthusiast, has another passion: mushrooms. This week he took a small group to the Belgrade Forest to amble along paths so rich with fungus you had to be careful not to step on them. Paths, Gencer explained, are perfect habitats for mushrooms because the...
The story of the world’s most improbable botanic garden
By John Scott | August 27, 2013
Nihat Gökyiğit (photographed here by Kenan Kaya) is a hero of Cornucopia’s, so it was good to see an FT
tribute to the 88-year-old Turkish industrialist and philanthropist this weekend. In Istanbul botanic garden is Turkey’s answer to spaghetti junction
Matthew Wilson describes how the 32-hectare Nezahat Gokyigit Botanik Bahcesi (NGBB), dedicated...