"Istanbul Squalor - Old v. New" Istanbul Favorite Tip by mrclay2000

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  Soccer near the keep, Galata neighborhoods
by mrclay2000

Favorite thing: Istanbul is ever growing and everchanging. New Turks from the countryside come here looking for work, which as often as not means the direct sale of perfume and other unnecessaries. From a vast quarry of building supplies, the wrecks and ruins of lately detonated buildings supply timber and trappings for hovels and shanties. Centuries-old structures are scarcely immune. Note this view from the Galata Tower. One of the towers from the curtain wall surrounding the old Genoese enclave of Pera has been totally thrown open, now a roost suitable only for pigeons. In the open space adjacent, young Turks practice soccer between two modern buildings.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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