Mois Gabay writes: The Beyoğlu brands of our childhood no longer stand at their former venues. But just as the late Vitali Hakko once said, we ought to focus on whatever has remained from them, learn about them so that today’s Beyoğlu becomes meaningful for us.
Turkey's traditional Çubuk pickles saw a surge in both domestic and international demand curing the COVID-19 pandemic when probiotic foods became popular to counteract the illness' gastrointestinal symptoms, a local cooperative said. The Ankara district has already exported more pickles in 2020 than in all of 2019.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu on June 25 announced that the municipality purchased a portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II at a London auction. According to the London-based world-famous Christie's auction house, the municipality's winning bid amounted to £770,000 ($955,000) for the oil painting, which is believed to be the work of Italian painter Gentile Bellini in 1480.
Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry will be turning the iconic Galata Tower into a museum. The ministry will also launch a "culture route" that spans from the tower, along Istiklal Avenue and to Taksim Square. Minister Ersoy also said that the construction of the AKM would be completed within a month, ongoing since February 2019.
Turkey's first mass event after the COVID-19 pandemic brought together 50 ambassadors and their families, press and businessmen together in Mediterranean Antalya's Aspendos Theater. The concert was performed by Turkey's seven tenors, accompanied by the Antalya Opera and Ballet's orchestra.
Nazlan Ertan writes: Though they are citizens, Afro-Turks mostly remain among their own. In a country marked by its minorities’ turbulent history and unhealed wounds, the Afro-Turks are little known, mainly because they speak infrequently, hardly ever mingle outside the Aegean region, and little research has been carried out on them.
Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia museum should be converted into a common place of worship, wrote Turkey's Armenian Orthodox Patriarch Şahak Maşalyan (Şahak II) in a tweet over the weekend. “I think it is more appropriate that it takes on the disposition of a place of worship for the faithful who are on their knees praying in submission God, rather than curious tourists running from here to there to take photographs,” Maşalyan said.
The National Geographic "Your Shot" platform has shared Turkish photographer Dilek Uyar's photo on its Instagram account. The photograph features a municipality worker disinfecting a subway station in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Turkish comic star Kemal Sunal, who died in 2000, is featured on a special “zero euro” banknote for commemorative purposes. The notes were printed through a special permit issued by the European Central Bank.
The 14th-century Güvercinada Castle in the Aegean province of Aydın was designated a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is located on an island named after it, which is connected to a nearby Kuşadası via a causeway, creating a unique landscape.
Since the end of the 90s, many Istanbul district municipalities have been holding free movie showings in open-air theaters in the summer. Could open-air movie theaters come back amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Müzeyyen Yüce reports: Pro-Kurdish HDP demands a parliamentary inquiry regarding lost Kurdish-language documents that disappeared following the establishment of the Turkish Republic. HDP deputy Murat Sarısaç called on parliament to completely open the archives so that Kurdish manuscripts could be properly sorted through and catalogued.
Dozens of historical artifacts from the Ottoman and Seljuk empires and Safavid Iran were recovered in an art gallery in central Istanbul. Among the pieces were Ottoman-style mosaics, Safavid icons and pottery, dating as far back as the 11th century.
Academic at Mardin’s Artuklu University becomes Turkey’s first Zaza language and literature professor
Ferhat Yaşar reports: İlyas Akman at Artuklu University in the southeastern province of Mardin has become Turkey's first Zaza language and literature professor. Zaza is a language spoken by around two million people in Turkey. There has been a long-standing intellectual debate about whether Zaza is a separate language or one of the numerous Kurdish dialects.
Istanbul's contemporary art museum Arter has announced that it will hold virtual guided tours every week, offering an insight into some of its exhibits.