Destination of the Week: Istanbul

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May 3, 2013
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  Here is the view from the Galata Tower in Istanbul, looking down on the Galata bridge and some of the prettiest rooftops in town, on the edge of the fashionable Beyoglu district. Photo by Cristobal Palma.
    Here is the view from the Galata Tower in Istanbul, looking down on the Galata bridge and some of the prettiest rooftops in town, on the edge of the fashionable Beyoglu district. Photo by Cristobal Palma.
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  Inside the tumbling cubes of the REX-designed Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center, the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library offers a handsomely stocked and up-to-the-minute catalog of visual culture for scholars and the public. Photo by Martin Siepman.
    Inside the tumbling cubes of the REX-designed Vakko Headquarters and Power Media Center, the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library offers a handsomely stocked and up-to-the-minute catalog of visual culture for scholars and the public. Photo by Martin Siepman.
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  Seyhan Özdemir founded the design firm Autoban with Sefer Çağlar in 2003, eight years after they met, at age 20, at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University—–Özdemir studying architecture, Çağlar interior design.
    Seyhan Özdemir founded the design firm Autoban with Sefer Çağlar in 2003, eight years after they met, at age 20, at Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University—–Özdemir studying architecture, Çağlar interior design.
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  With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, the duo behind Autoban has jump-started their hometown’s design scene. Their House Café evokes colonnaded patterns of mosques, albeit in a secular manner.
    With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, the duo behind Autoban has jump-started their hometown’s design scene. Their House Café evokes colonnaded patterns of mosques, albeit in a secular manner.
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  Georges Hotel Galata is a one-year-old hotel features a popular bar where expats and locals gather. Rooms are decked out with sleek marble bathrooms, modern furniture, and lighting that’s been handcrafted by Turkish woodworkers and metalsmiths.
    Georges Hotel Galata is a one-year-old hotel features a popular bar where expats and locals gather. Rooms are decked out with sleek marble bathrooms, modern furniture, and lighting that’s been handcrafted by Turkish woodworkers and metalsmiths.
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  Museum, gallery, and exhibition space Salt doesn’t just archive art and design; it makes them. Look for films, lectures, and eclectic interiors by young designers, as well as cafes, bookstores, and even a rooftop garden by Fritz Haeg. Photo by Refik Anadol.
    Museum, gallery, and exhibition space Salt doesn’t just archive art and design; it makes them. Look for films, lectures, and eclectic interiors by young designers, as well as cafes, bookstores, and even a rooftop garden by Fritz Haeg. Photo by Refik Anadol.
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  The Ataturk Cultural Center, located in the busy Taksim Square, is home to the opera and many state-sponsored music and performance events. Photo by Cristobal Palma.
    The Ataturk Cultural Center, located in the busy Taksim Square, is home to the opera and many state-sponsored music and performance events. Photo by Cristobal Palma.
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