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SPACE AND MEMORY FROM TAKSİM TO SULTANAHMET

This website offers its visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with Istanbul – whether they be its resident or a tourist. As we go to school or to work or visit a place as a tourist, we are made to live and experience it in a constant state of present rendered devoid of history.

With this guide, they wish to throw light on the suppressed histories of the Ottoman era and Republican Turkey by looking at Istanbul in particular. The places people pass by or visit on a daily basis are, inevitably, places with certain histories. These are mostly histories of appropriation and violation, injustice and power, but at times also histories of struggle…

Their purpose, with this ‘unofficial’ Istanbul tour from Taksim Square to Sultanahmet Square covering 17 places, squares and buildings, is, in a sense, to provide an account of the ‘unofficial’ history of the city itself.

Enjoy the ride…