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A Very Quick Guide to Istanbul

Jill Donenfeld | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Jill Donenfeld

Istanbul is a multi-faceted city with new and old culture stuffed into every pocket of every back alley. There seem to be just as many cafés packed with hipsters as their are mosques and tourist hawkers.

The Hagia Sophia: Church, Mosque -- Or Battleground?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

As a Christian standing in what had once been a magnificent church, I could not feel the holiness of those huge disks. I felt bullied by them.

The 8 Most Important Interfaith Monuments in the World

Craig Considine | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The following short collection lists eight of the most important monuments in the world in terms of interfaith dialogue and interfaith relations.

Get Your Mosque On at the Hagia Sophia

Janis Powers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Janis Powers

Since today's Hagia Sophia suggests a house of multiple faiths, many visitors may feel confused, subconsciously or not, about their relationship with the building.

Hagia Sophia Mosque Conversion Plans Alarm Many

Religion News Service | Jacob Resneck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL (RNS) In this ancient city, there are few sights more iconic than the dome of the Hagia Sophia, towering over the old city for more than 1,40...

Christian Past Erased In Turkish City | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion

ON JULY 5th the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but a...

Great Design: Made to Measure

Ken Carbone | Posted 08.27.2013 | Arts
Ken Carbone

Today, the words great design brilliantly light the marquee of contemporary life. What is great design? It's a perennial question with no single answer.

Saving St. Anselm's

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 08.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

The call for action to restore the irreplaceable Byzantine Revival artwork and Romanesque Revival architecture of St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church in the South Bronx must not go unheeded.

Istanbul Has Its Act Together

Rick Steves | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

While I was in Cairo, I kept thinking the Egyptians should check out Istanbul. Both are megacities with over 10 million people. Both come from a poor ...

PHOTOS: Top 5 Things To Do In Istanbul

OneTravel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Vibrant and diverse, Istanbul is by far one of the most fascinating cities on the globe.

Hip and Historical Istanbul

Juliet Kinsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Juliet Kinsman


PHOTOS: World's Most Stunning Cathedrals

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On at least this one point, believers and atheists can likely agree: many of the world's sacred structures are truly works of architectural beauty. ...