1. Serif Yenen as a Turkish travel specialist (tour guide, travel writer, lecturer, photographer and filmmaker) is explaining his philosophy on travel. He underlines the importance of cultural interactions with locals.

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  2. Serif Yenen's photos from various parts of Turkey are in a gallery.
    Serif Yenen is a Turkish travel specialist (tour guide, travel writer, lecturer, photographer and filmmaker). In his works, he focuses on cultural interactions with locals.

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  3. “Istanbul Unveiled” is a documentary film that is part of a series, "Cultural Interactions". Other parts of Turkey and Turkish culture will appear soon. This 61-minute HDTV documentary to be released on December 10, 2013.

    An American young lady visits the off-the-beaten places in Istanbul and interviews the most interesting characters with her questions about the most wondered topics.

    In the selection of places, popular places were never ignored but the approach was changed to be more intercultural.

    A variety of colorful and interesting people from Turkish culture, from one of the richest women in Turkey to a masseur at a public bath and the best belly dancer in the country were chosen. By this way, interaction with a large cultural cross-section of local people providing a much richer experience was preferred.

    The selection of interviewees and the questions are based on Şerif Yenen's 25 years of field experience as a tourist guide and a travel writer. With this experience, the needs and interests of true travelers can easily be anticipated, real İstanbul is seen by way of the back door, and the philosophy behind the culture is revealed.

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  4. Quick Guide: Hagia Sophia, St. Sophia or Ayasofya?

    Throughout Byzantine and Ottoman history, the Hagia Sophia has been the Imperial Church or Mosque. Emperors were crowned, victories were celebrated and Ottoman Sultans prayed in this remarkable building. For many centuries the Hagia Sophia was possibly the largest shrine in the world.

    For more about Serif Yenen and his tours, please visit http://www.serifyenen.com

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  5. Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultan, his court and Harem, was also the center of the state administration.

    The Topkapi Palace was the Ottomans’ second palace in Istanbul. Its construction was completed in 1478. As each succeeding sultan ascended to the throne, he added parts to the palace, indicating to us the different tastes and styles of architecture of four centuries.

    The Topkapi Palace housed each of the Ottoman Sultans from Sultan Mehmed II to Sultan Abdülmecid, covering nearly four centuries and 25 Sultans. In 1924 the palace was turned into a museum.

    For more about Serif Yenen and his tours, please visit http://www.serifyenen.com

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Cultural Interactions in Turkey by Serif Yenen

Serif Yenen

Serif Yenen as a Turkish travel specialist (tour guide, travel writer, lecturer, photographer and filmmaker) explains his philosophy on travel. He underlines the importance of cultural interactions with locals.

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