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Caroline Finkel is a historian and writer based in Istanbul. She has a doctorate in Ottoman history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is author of Osman’s Dream. She recently helped create the Evliya Çelebi Way, Turkey’s first long distance walking and riding route, and co-wrote a guide to the route with Kate Clow and Donna Landry.
A revealing new show that brings the Topkapı Palace to life
Süleyman the Magnificent’s city within a city above the Golden Horn has come to house one of the world’s finest collections of books and ancient manuscripts. By Caroline Finkel. Photographs by Simon Upton
Donna Landry visits Karacabey, the national stud near Bursa, with the Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel and discovers an equestrian paradise
Once the Jewel in the Ottoman crown, Edirne is now a somnolent backwater on the Turkish borders of Greece and Bulgaria. Caroline and Andrew Finkel catch glimpses of its glorious past.
Six travellers set out on horseback to retrace the early part of the route taken in 1671 by the Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi on his way to Mecca. They rode for 42 days, from the Sea of Marmara to the city of Kütahya. As the dfiaries of three of the party show, the horses were willing, and children were thrilled to meet them – but it wasn’t all plain riding.
Kate Clow, creator of Turkey’s first official walking route, has done it again. Caroline Finkel joined her on the new St Paul Trail, which crosses southern Turkey’s giant Taurus range. The photographs in this stunning 14-page article are by Kate Clow with Terry Richardson
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