Culture and people in Istanbul and Turkey.
A list of the least-spoken facts about Turkey and Istanbul that you should know before coming here. I believe visiting this country aware of the insider's tips that I've shared below can only help you be more prepared and insightful with respect to Turkey.
Kumru' Ballade by the amazing Turkish pianist/composer Fazıl Say. Fazıl wrote this ballade for her daughter. He usually plays this piece on the piano himself but this orchestral version is also a pleasure to listen to.
Some might seem a little over the top, but we have done our homework and they are all correct, arright?! These facts might actually come in very handy as conversation starters if you ever want to chat up some Turkish people.
There are a lot of cities and regions in the world today that you can refer to as 'a culture that has been influenced both by the West and the East' but Istanbul is THE location where the West and the East came together and gave birth to something UNIQUE.
The Ottoman's ruled the region for the next 400 + years until November 1, 1922 when the Grand National Assembly (led by Ataturk) passed a law deposing Mehmed VI - the last of the Ottoman Sultans - and voiding all laws of his government.