The Byzantium that is still with us

The Hagia Sophia, the walls of Constantinople and a few churches are still with us, while much else remains buried under accumulated building of centuries. Yet we have one institution today whose roots extend back even to the time of New Rome: The Greek Orthodox Church “The spider serves as gatekeeper in the halls of Chosroes.
The owl calls the watches in the palace of Afrasyab.”

Construction company tries to cover up Byzantine structure with cement

A cistern-like Byzantine-era structure has been unearthed during renovation of an underpass in Istanbul’s Beyazıt neighborhood. The construction company had tried to cover up the entrance to the structure to continue its work, but thanks to the keen eyes of a local citizen it has been rescued from being buried underground, according to daily Hürriyet.

Turkish man confesses to murder after keeping wife’s body for two years

A 54-year-old man has turned himself in to Istanbul police, confessing that he kept his wife’s body for two years after killing her.

The man, only identified as İ.K., reportedly killed his wife in 2012 in the Thracian province of Kırklareli after suspecting that she had cheated on him.

Top 10: Turkey’s most visited museums

The Culture Ministry has announced that a total of 20,269,000 people visited Turkish museums and historic sites in the first eight months of 2014. The total number throughout the whole of 2013 was 29,481,000. Here is the list of the top 10 most visited museums in Turkey, according to the latest figures:
1) Topkapı Palace, Istanbul: 3,760,548 visitors

Istanbul mayor says mosque construction near protected grove to continue

The relief of local activists after the mosque construction in Istanbul’s protected Validebağ grove was halted has proven short-lived, with Mayor Kadir Topbaş announcing that the court order for a stay of execution had been reversed following the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s appeal.