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Issue 1, 1992

Insider’s Turkey

£1000.00 / $1,265.35 / €1,183.40
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In this rarest of rare issues, Anthony Bryer wonders at the miracle of Santa Sophia,
David Blayney Brown tells the story of
Sir David Wilkie’s fateful journey to Constantinople, Geordie Greig meets
Ara Güler’s phenomenal A-list.
Plus: The Lagonico sale, gardens of the Levant, ethereal Lake Eğirdir, boating on the Bosphorus and the quintessential quince


  • A Garden in the Levant

    The European merchants of nineteenth-century Izmir built their gardens in Bornova, below the hills where they loved to shoot and fish. Rosemary Baldwin revisits the home of the Girauds and discovers a haunting reminder of a genteel era. Photographs by Bünyad Dinç

  • The Miracle of Santa Sophia

    One thousand tons of loose glass cling suspended in the world’s largest unsupported brick dome, an architectural miracle and the last great monument of Roman architecture. By Anthony Bryer

  • The Golden Apple of the Hesperides

    When the goddess Hera married Zeus, she received a golden apple from the Earth Mother, Gaea. It was a symbol of love, fertility and beauty and was grown in a heavenly garden in the west, guarded by three sisters, the Hesperides.
    More cookery features

  • Boating on the Bosphorus

    A million windows gaze on to the fast moving waters of the Bosphorus. The beautiful and strategic straits divide a city and link two continents. But down by the water’s edge they are a world apart, a watery playground for seadogs, fishermen and commuters. By Rose Baring. Photographs by Francesco Venturi

Inside the issue


  1. Ottoman Glades
    Paul Harcourt Davis, the botanical photographer, on where to hear the first cuckoo
  2. Sweet Waters
    Jeremy James discovers the lake of Eğirdir in Turkey's mountainous southwest. Photographs by Manuel Çıtak
  3. The Road to Tarsus
    Brian Sewell on Niğde's 14th-century Sungur Bey Mosque in Cappadocia. Photographs by David George
  4. Boating on the Bosphorus
    Istanbul is built for boating, says Rose Baring
    [extract available online]
  5. The Stadium at Aphrodisias


  1. The Eye of the Beholder
    Tim Stanley on the auction of the legendary Lagonico Collection of Iznik ceramics
  2. The Miracle of Santa Sophia
    Anthony Bryer on the last great monument of Roman archictecture
    [extract available online]

Life Style

  1. A Garden in the Levant
    Rosemary Baldwin revists the home of the Girauds in Bornova
    [extract available online]
  2. Destruction, Debris and Dancing
    Natasha Curry goes clubbing in Nigel Coates's temple to urban salvage. Photographs by Valerie Bennet
  3. Through the Looking Glass
    Susanna Armstrong on shopping in well-heeled Nişantaşı


  1. Pastures New
    Jeremy James goes in search of the Anatolian stallion that helped him on his way on his epic 2000-mile ride from a mountain village in western Turkey to Wales
  2. A Guide to the Guides 1992
    By David Barchard
    [available online]

Food & Wine

  1. The Golden Apple of the Hesperides
    Berrin Torolsan tells the secret tale of the quince
  2. Food for Thought
    Christopher Ryan on feasting in Konya
  3. Vintage Harvest
    Sadık Nevvar takes the rough with the smooth in Turkey's oenological landscape. Photography by Gerard Neveu


  1. Arts Diary
    Cardinal Pleasures: From Maastricht to Memphis's ‘Splendors of the Ottoman Sultans'
  2. Despatches from the press club
    Andrew Finkel looks back on the bad old days with Charles Adelsen and Henry Angelo Catrillon
  3. Finance
    Bank to the Future, by David Tonge
  4. City File
    Ankara notes, by David Barchard
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