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About the author

Marc Guillet (1953) is a journalist. He started his career as a freelance reporter in Iran in 1979 and has been covering Middle Eastern as well as Turkish issues since. He was based in New York as a correspondent for seven years (1999-2006). He visited Istanbul for the first time as a reporter in 1983. He has lived and worked there since 2006. During his spare time, he likes to stroll through Istanbul. He has a blog about Istanbul:



Marc Guillet
Walking in Istanbul

Walking in Istanbul. tram, Beyoğlu

'Marc’s PDF-book contains four walks although you don’t have to download all of them at the same time. The first focuses on Fatih including the ultra-conservative Çarşamba area and its Wednesday market as well as the more familiar Fatih Cami and the woefully under-visited, mosaic-filled Pammakaristos Church. The second takes a look at what’s hidden down the backstreets on either side of the Galata Bridge, while the third focuses on the often-overlooked mosques of Üsküdar with a detour into Kuzguncuk, almost unknown to tourists. The fourth homes in on Kadıköy and Moda.'

There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. You will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital’.

This 2,600-year-old metropolis
is the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It is a city where you are greeted with warm hospitality, Mediterranean culinary culture, melancholic music, a rich history, remains of ancient civilisations and traces of early Christianity.

The walks
featured in this book take in aspects of the past and the trendy neighbourhoods, as well as the clubs and restaurants that have made Istanbul Europe’s coolest party city.

Walking in Istanbul
offers four informative, self-guided walking tours. Two are on the European banks of the Bosporus; the other two are on the Asian side. They take five to six hours and will allow you to witness all aspects of life in the city, as well as its history.
You will pass by and visit centuries-old sultans’ mosques, churches from the Byzantine era, Armenian and Greek churches, a cemetery with a million graves, the Babylon music venue, trendy restaurants, hidden courtyards and simple food stalls and street vendors selling traditional Turkish snacks, such as stuffed mussels, tripe soup and grilled lamb intestines.

Every walk
starts with a description of the district and an explanation of the most convenient way of getting there by public transport. As you walk, you will be amazed by the abundance of sights, the architecture, shops, tea rooms, restaurants, clubs, galleries and people. The best way to get to know Istanbul is on foot!

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