Right by the city’s retail-heavy İstiklal Caddesi is an elegant space offering tranquillity, free exhibitions and fascinating insights into old Istanbul

For visitors, history is one of the city’s main draws, and while the Istanbul Research Institute might sound dry, it is an essential – and fascinating – destination if you’re trying to get a handle on this fast-changing megacity. An extension of the nearby Pera Museum (a two-minute walk away; free admission 6pm-10pm on Friday), it highlights the city’s Byzantine, Ottoman and modern history from unusual standpoints.

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Source: The Guardian

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