St. Anthony of Padua Church is the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul. It is located on İstiklal Avenue in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, the social and cultural center of Istanbul.
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At the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, in the borders of Antalya province, in a river valley near the coast, lie an ancient Lycian city’s ruins: Olympos. It was presumably taking its name from nearby 2375 meters height Mount Olympos (Olympus – Turkish: Tahtalı Dağı, Timber Mountain), one of over twenty mountains with the name Olympos (Olympus) in the Classical world.
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Uzunya is a small and beautiful cove in the north of Istanbul, near Black Sea. It has a beautiful beach, one of the best beaches in Istanbul actually. There’s also a restaurant in the beach.
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I went for a training ride yesterday with two friends. We headed up to the north, and cycled through Black Sea shore. We climbed a lot.
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Karaburun is a village in the north of Istanbul, near the Black Sea. Me and two friends cycled to there, and swam in the sea.
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Since the medieval Byzantine period, 200 meters off the shore of the Salacak district in Üsküdar, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus, a tower lyes on a small islet: The Maiden’s Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi).
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1st day of April… It was winddy, but sunny and warm. I jumped on my bike and ride it to the North, to the Black Sea.
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Another Sunday bike ride in Istanbul… I started as early as 6:00 in the morning, first headed to South (Ortaköy), then climbed up to Maden (Sarıyer) and went to Rumeli Lighthouse village.
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It’s March now and March is the month of misty, chilly mornings in Istanbul. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, the roads were empty. But it would be crowded soon, so I hurried to ride my bike for an hour or two.
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On the European side of Istanbul, just one kilometer away from Maslak, one of the main business districts of the city, there is a lovely place to spend some time in greenery: Emirgan Park. It overlooks the Bosphorus in the suburb of Emirgan. It is one of the largest parks in Istanbul. There are lovely gardens, a grotto, fountains, quiet picnic areas, and three former Ottoman pavilions (they are in use as restaurants now) in the park.
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