In part two of our Istanbul quartet, a special 192-page issue, we celebrate the European city – the old diplomatic and banking districts – and the new Western imperial city built by the sultans in the 19th century on the shores of the Lower Bosphorus and up in the hills.
Articles by David Barchard, Norman Stone, Andrew Finkel and Jason Goodwin, Emre Aracı and Thomas Roueché, along with invaluable contributions from Tim Cornwell, Malika Browne, Victoria Khroundina and the historian Burak Çetintaş, reveal the story and magic of Beyoğlu, the old docklands of Galata, Dolmabahçe, the smart old quarters of Nişantaşı, the earthy world of Beşiktaş and the waterside world of Ortaköy.
Cornucopia 51 brings together a feast of photography by Jürgen Frank, Fritz von der Schulenburg, Brian McKee, Magnus Bischofberger, Berrin Torolsan and the great Beyoğlu 20th-century photographer Selahattın Giz, whose self-portrait (with friends) graces the cover.
John Carswell introduces the mesmerising entries in this year’s Ancient and Modern Prize for original research
With 19th-century Istanbul in thrall to the music of Italy, an extraordinary theatre was born, the creation of one rather ‘odd character’. Emre Aracı tells a tale of comedy and tragedy
Black musicians, White Russian princesses, Turkish flappers… During the Jazz Age, Beyoğlu was a ferment of modernity and decadence. By Thomas Roueché
For 700 years, the European quarter was home to Genoese, Jews, Greeks and many others. Norman Stone charts the district’s changing fortunes
Maureen Freely recalls the artists and writers who enlivened her childhood with their flamboyant bravado and unspoken sadness
In the very thick of the city, with its fret and fuss, belching traffic and urban sprawl, lies a glade scented with linden blossoms. Here the young Sultan Abdülmecid built a jewel of a palace, grand but tiny, which is still a green oasis and place of escape. By Berrin Torolsan
Until the 20th century, visitors would sail serenely into Istanbul to disembark opposite the Topkapi. After this spectacular start, reality would set in. By David Barchard
With its hundreds of different shapes, pasta is today one of the most widely consumed and enjoyed of all the staples
For more than two centuries the Ottomans were obsessed by the elegance of the tulip and grew over 3,000 varieties, each characterised by almond-shaped petals drawn out into an exaggerated taper.
Across the Golden Horn from the Topkapı and the bazaars is the European City, where fortunes have for centuries been made and lost.
As the old European quarters flourished in their seclusion, Sultan Abdülmecid had a dream – and expanded to the east
The Sakip Sabanci Museum has just celebrated 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey. Jason Goodwin finds deep-rooted affinities between the two countries
ISTANBUL UNWRAPPED: The Quartet
The definitive guide to the changing city, in four fabulous issues, with articles by people who have long loved it, and glorious photographs that show it at its best.
Issue 50: The Sultan’s City
Issue 51: Beyoğlu Boogie
Issue 52: Bosphorus Requiem
Issue 53: The Princes Islands
Price: £45 – save on the cover price of £56
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