Turkey

The Hans of Bursa

By / November 2014

In a former Ottoman capital, Dennis Fulkerson goes hunting for the inns of the sultans: “Locals and foreigners alike can easily lose a few hours sipping tea and relaxing on couches tucked away in little hollows in the old brick walls.”

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The Bright Side of Black Mountain

By / October 2014

Off limits for decades, a hard-to-reach monastery in northeastern Turkey has become a beacon of religious tolerance.

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In Istanbul, a New Generation of Jewish Turks

By / October 2014

Karakoy, an historic neighborhood on Istanbul’s European side, is home to Turkey’s largest Jewish population, though — as Ryan Wolf writes — it is only a shade of what it once was.

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Harvesting a Global Delicacy on the Shores of the Black Sea

By / September 2014

Brian McKanna on Turkey’s hazelnut farmers: “Huseyin, a resident of Yomra in his 70’s, has been farming hazelnuts on his property his whole life. ‘We call this lazy work,’ he explains, ‘because we only get one harvest a year out of these trees.'”

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Locking Horns in Yusufeli

By / May 2014

In Turkey’s Black Sea region, bull wrestling draws big crowds and big questions. “The bulls ran straight for the men at the entrance,” writes Brian McKanna. “They plowed through the gate, past tables where gendarme ate kebab, into the bazar and up the hill.”

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In Central Anatolia, Keeping an Ancient Art Alive

By / April 2014

Cappodocia, known for its otherworldly landscape, has long been a hub of ceramic arts. Michael Cervantez sends this dispatch.

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