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When the Ottoman Empire waged war they never went anywhere without the Sultan’s favourite military musical ensemble – the Mehter band. If you visit the Military Museum - just off Taksim Square - then you can witness a free performance from a band that was said to have inspired Mosart and instilled fear into enemies on the battlefield. Expect drummers, flutes, trumpets, singers, and bushy moustaches from up to 50 performers. And then there is the museum itself which is well worth a look round and will give you a flavour of how modern day Turkey came into being.
This micro series looks at the 11 best restaurants where you can go to enjoy Turkey’s famous dish. Starting today are the top 3:   1: Siirt Şeref Büryan  Kebap Salonu This restaurant specialises in büryan kebab; a Turkish version of the Texas pit barbecue for lamb. Expect to be served a tasty, tender lamb meat that has been roasted in the pit for around 4 hours covered in a layer of crackling. Try the hot tomato pepper dip to bring out even more flavours.   Visit: Address: İtfaiye Caddesi 4, Fatih (new location) Telephone: 212-635-8085 Open:10am-11pm daily Web: www.serefburyan.com 2: Kasap Osman Possibly the best doner kebabs to be found in Istanbul! Filled with local people with local prices to match. Best time to go is just after noon when the master cutter/chef starts to shave off...
Air Arabia, the largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, recently announced the launch of non-stop flights to Antalya City - located on the Mediterranean Coast in the South West of Turkey. The service will operate 3 times a week starting from 29 July and is A ir Arabia’s second destination in Turkey after Istanbul. The Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia – Adel Ali – commented: ‘Antalya, our second Turkish destination, is one of the most visited cities in terms of International arrivals and a great opportunity for visitors to experience the rich culture and beauty of the Turkish Riviera.’ Flights to Antalya will depart Sharjah, UAE on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 21:30 arriving at Antalya International Airport at 00:46. Return flights will depart Antalya at 01:25...
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