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How gardening became an art form. A modern house in old Kalkan. Ottoman Kirkuk after the war. The earliest photographs of Istanbul; the Virgin Mary’s house at Ephesus; the brilliant Strangfords; flora of the deep south. Plus: tomatoes, little capsules of sunshine.
In the closing years of the nineteenth century, the Aegean coast of Turkey witnessed three of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. The discovery of Ephesus and Troy made international headlines overnight. But the third – an unassuming stone house in an isolated forest – was immediately enveloped in secrecy. By Donald Carroll
Under the Ottomans, Kirkuk’s ancient citadel was the heart of a thriving cosmopolitan city. But politics and oil have reduced it to a deserted ruin. Owen Matthews, who has been covering northern Iraq for several years, visited Kirkuk at the end of the recent war. Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson
Dipping into a Mediterranean idyll, Stephen and Nina Solarz have built a haven high above the harbour of Kalkan. Andrew Finkel paid them a visit. Photographs by James Mortimer
A small and perfectly formed exhibition of Iznik pottery held in Qatar has given birth to a fittingly exquisite catalogue
Red peppers, chillies, maize and sunflowers set the Mediterranean ablaze with their pungent flavours and fiery colours. But of all the Aztecs’ gifts, it is the tomato, above all, that tastes of the sun
The Ottomans were not only passionate about flowers. They turned the enjoyment of gardens into an art form. John Carswell leafs through a lavish volume which unlocks the gate to the pleasure grounds of Istanbul’s imperial palaces.
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Sold in 2003 for record prices, these magical daguerrotype plates of Istanbul in the 1840s are the earliest known photographic images of the city. They are the work of Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, an obsessive Frenchman with a passion for Islamic architecture. By Elizabeth Meath Baker.
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Botanists Martyn Rix and Andrew Byfield investigates Turkey’s profusion of wildflowers from Mount Ida near Troy, to the valleys and headlands of the Taurus Mountains in the south, and to the Kaçkars in the north.
Issue 25:The Orchid Hunters
Issue 26: Kaz Dağı and the Vale of Troy
Issue 29: Plant-hunting in the Taurus
Issue 42: The Kaçkars
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Issue 31: China’s Wild West
Article: Along the Rocky Road
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Article: A City of Secret Gardens
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