And today we are writing for the visual art lovers out there – Istanbul is a feast for aesthetically starved eyes.

And today we are writing for the visual art lovers out there – Istanbul is a feast for aesthetically starved eyes.

Below you can see the outside of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art – or ‘Istanbul Modern’ as it is usually known.

It is in an old warehouse on the side of the Bosphorus equidistant from the Tophane and Kabataş tramway stops, so very easy to get to. 

As well as a permanent collection of modern art from around the globe it always has special exhibitions.  Entry is 7YTL and there is an excellent cafe with views out across the Bosphorus.
 
If you don’t  mind plodding uphill you would do well to cross the main road outside the Modern and head up to Cihangir, one of Istanbul’s smartest districts which is replete with small private galleries.

The same applies to the Ƶkurcuma, the district next door to Cihangir, which also has lots of antiques shops and, when you have wandered around the back streets and had your fill of gazing at art/antiques, you can take a break in any of the trendy bars and cafes which also abound in this area.

Finally, another great place for art lovers is the Yapi Kredi Bank’s Gallery on Istiklal Caddesi next door to Galatasaray Lisesi. 
The Gallery has three separate exhibition spaces and always has at least two exhibitions on-going (while a third one is being set up) and entry is free. 

During this recent visit they were showing the paintings and drawings of Zonaro, official artist to one of the last Sultan’s, and also had an exhibition of the latest finds from Aphrodisias.

So if you miss looking at good art – go to Istanbul and indulge yourself.

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