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Most Muslims to celebrate Ramadan feast on MondayMore than one billion Muslims around the world bid farewell the holy Ramadan month while welcoming three day long feast.

Turkish people and most Muslims around the world are preparing to embrace Ramadan feast after a month of fasting on Monday, while some are to celebrate it on Tuesday.

Religious feasts are determined by lunar calendar.

Although that calendar like Gregorian also has 12... Add a comment

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Zeugma: Ancient city in Turkey bridging east and westOfficials trying to gain return of looted artifacts now on display in the U.S.

The Zeugma excavation site in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep should be preserved against looting and smuggling, and is in dire need of financial support, as well, according to a professor of archeology.

The site has been looted already.

One of the most important mosaics, "the Gypsy Girl," has 12 of its... Add a comment

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Pippa Middleton swims from Asia to EuropePrinces William’s sister-in-law swims across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul

Philippa Charlotte “Pippa” Middleton took part in the 26th Samsung Bosphorus cross continental swimming race in Istanbul on Sunday, where she swam across from the Asian side of Istanbul to the European side.

Pippa is an English socialite, the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - the wife of... Add a comment

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Winter sleep' Turkish director's highest-grossing filmDirector Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Winter Sleep,’ winner of the 2014 Palme d’Or, has been seen by 237,000 people and neared $1.3 million at the box office in its first month.

Turkish Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's seventh feature film, "Winter Sleep," winner of the Palme d'Or this year at the Cannes Film Festival, has become the esteemed director's most popular film yet.

The film, released... Add a comment

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Istanbul Modern presents visual arts and music in TurkeyFor its 10th anniversary, Istanbul Modern last week opened a new exhibition titled “Plurivocality: Visual Arts and Music in Turkey,” which explores the many bonds between visual and auditory arts in Turkey.

At a press conference held in the opening of the exhibition, the Chair of the Board of Istanbul Modern, Oya Eczacıbaşı, said the exhibition furthered Istanbul Modern’s goal of... Add a comment

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Turkish book and culture fair opens its doorsTurkey's Deputy PM Emrullah Isler opens Friday the 33th Turkey Book and Culture Fair in Ankara.



Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler opened Friday the 33th Turkey Book and Culture Fair, the second-biggest book fair in the country during the holy month of Ramadan, with 80 publishers participating.

Officials and book lovers attended the opening of the fair, which was organized by... Add a comment

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Jazz Festival presents concerts at parkThe 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival, which kicked off on July 1, will introduce “Jazz in Parks,” a new project aiming to bring together accomplished jazz musicians at outdoor venues throughout Istanbul. 

The Jazz in the Parks’ event will take place at Nişantaşı’s Arts Park club, which has two open-air stages, on July 5 at 6:00 p.m. 

The headline act will be New Orleans jazz pianist... Add a comment

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Istanbul glows with Ramadan spiritIstanbul's reputation as a home for shrines and relics associated with the Prophet Muhammed sees a huge increase in visitors and activity during Ramadan.

Mosques are illuminated. Temporary shops selling traditional goods are set up at the streets. Mass meals are organized at squares. During the holy month of Ramadan Istanbul's streets light up.

It is a special time of year for Muslims... Add a comment

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Ancient Aegean city, Ottoman birthplace inscribed on World Heritage listBergama, the site of a world-famous ancient city in the Aegean province of İzmir, and the Cumalıkazık village in northwestern Bursa, have both welcomed a UNESCO decision putting the two spots on the prestigious World Heritage List. 

Bergama Mayor Mehmet Gönenç on June 23 thanked everyone who contributed to the title process, recalling that the town’s entry to the list had been... Add a comment

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Turkey welcomes Ramadan A carnival atmosphere starts overspreading in many cities in Turkey especially in Istanbul as Muslims' holy month of Ramadan is drawing near.

Muslims all around the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan which will begin on Saturday, June 28 and will continue for 30 days.

Ramadan is believed to be a time of intense spirituality, when the believers are surrounded by angels, the... Add a comment

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Glowing messages lighting up Istanbul's mosquesJust 3 men in the whole of Turkey are keeping alive a religious & visual art form – the mahya – whose glittering messages have burned themselves into memories of generations of Istanbulites.

Kahraman Yildiz and his friends enter the dark and dusty basement of Dolmabahce mosque by the banks of the Bosporus. They drag their heavy load of cables, lamps and plugs into the cramped workspace... Add a comment
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