Surprise finds in the Black Sea

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...
Posted in Archaeology, History, Nature, News

Nesting woes

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...
Posted in Fundraiser, Nature

Lycian hideaway

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...
Posted in Nature, Travel

All eyes on the humble olive

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...
Posted in Culinary Arts, Nature, News

Erasing Memory: A Conversation with Murat Germen

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...
Posted in Architecture, Exhibitions, Nature, Photography

Inside story: Camili

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...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Nature, Photography, Travel

Cappadocia dreaming

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,...
Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel

Star gazing

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...
Posted in Museums, Nature, News

The dust bites another one

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...
Posted in Nature, News, Travel

Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

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...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Nature, Photography

The year that was…in pictures

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,...
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

One hot, dry summer

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...
Posted in Nature, News

Stop the construction of the third airport

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...
Posted in Nature, News

Spotting our feathered friends

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...
Posted in Nature, News

Phaselis: another paradise lost?

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...
Posted in Nature, News

The year that was…

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...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, Protest Music, Nature, News, Gezi Protests, Photography, Sport

Slow death in the Belgrade Forest

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...
Posted in Nature

Eden on a motorway

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...
Posted in Nature, News
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