The author recommends listening to 'Please don't stop the music' while reading this article.
All books tell the same story about Istanbul: a very crowded city with so many kinds of people who live together, while also emphasizing its Ottoman tradition of no racism. It is arguable that what is left from the Ottoman traditions today – surely less diversity and more nationalism – but the city has some urban landmarks that still have traces from the past.In the sunset, the Golden Horn illuminates the stone façade of the buildings on the roadside. They align on the same row, but each has very different roots. The Greek, Armenian, Jewish and Ottoman buildings stand quietly and peacefully. You can see the similarities in shapes, but also distinguish the characters. As you continue inwards, a richer view welcomes you; narrow roads have colorful row houses with stepped roofs on both sides, and laundry hangs on a rope in-between two buildings. According to rumors, this is not just a practical way to dry laundry by sharing the rope, but it is also a method to meet with the neighbor and communicate. Due to the natural slopes, you see people walking, sitting, talking, laughing and dancing everywhere, and you spot a majestic redbrick building on the hill: the Fener Greek Orthodox College. Even though this image may resemble a movie set or the TV series that are actually set in Balat, this is the daily life here; people used to live outside, and accept the roads as a part of their houses and the other people as a part of their family.