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The Magic shores Velonotte,

18 May 2013 (XIII) 

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Istanbul Velonotte has come true!

Almost 4000 cyclists met on Sultanahmet square in Istanbul last Saturday night. It was the first time in its almost 2000 year’s history, that the City has seen so many people on two wheels together.
People as far as from London, Moscow, Wien, Berlin, Tashkent, Kazan, Cairo, NYC and even Nizhnyi Tagil - joined members of the Turkish cyclist communities for this night of urban fun and education.

The nocturnal grand tour featured centerpieces of Byzantine, Ottoman and contemporary Turkish heritage – from Hagia Sophia to Pantokrator, from Blue Mosque to Sedad Hakki Eldem’s first public building, as well as hidden gems like marvelous British hospital by Holden and Pearson. It was Acik Radyo FM with its deep and precious commitment that have contributed to the iVelonotte with wonderful live all-night-long broadcasting in English and Turkish.

Thanks to all our experts and speakers – Philip Mansel (London, UK), David Abulafia (Cambridge university, UK), Andrew Saint of London Survey (English heritage, London, UK), Afife Batur (ITU, Istanbul), Nina Ergin (Koç university, Istanbul), Mikhail Meyer of Moscow state university (Russia), architect Can Elmas (Istanbul), Rustam Shukurov (Museum of Orient civilizations, Moscow, Russia), Zeynep Kuban (ITU, Istanbul), and Istanbul-based journalist and writer Owen Matthews.

A very warm thank you goes to all participants of Istanbul Velonotte. We are waiting for your stories, pictures, videos and memoirs. We do invite you to join the next events – Velonotte Albertina in London (22 June 2013) and Moscow Mayakovsky Velonotte (20 July 2013).

A special personal thanks to Marina Avdonina, Aydan Celik, Alan Vouba, Vahit Yilmaz, Ciğdem Maner, Nurdogan Senguler, Margherita Belgioioso, Gamze Sernaz, Davide & Anna, Sveta Nekrasova, Zarrina Niyazova, Alexandra Ivanoff, Esra Ertan, Bahar Turkay, Ayse Birlik, Victoria Aristova and Olya Terri for pushing the pedals of our enthusiasm through this long year of preparations. We love you!
And of course, we praise our technical partners - IBB, Istanbul Government and Istanbul police department, Bisikletliler dernegi, Advennture, Tulipe Morges Festival, Istanbul photo contest, TBD Group, My Destination and Ant Yapi. Without you, we couldn’t do it!

Bicycly yours,

Sergey Nikitin & Velonotte team.

PS// And last but not least: the iVelonotte hopes to return in 2015!

​Istanbul Velonotte hashtag is #iVelonotte

For iVelonotte press you can reach our Turkish partner Advennture:

+90 216 408 20 00, 





The iVelonotte’s speakers and expertts will include Turkish and international historians and publicists – Ilbert Ortayli (Galatasaray university), Afife Batur (ITU), Philip Mansel (London), Mikhail Meyer (Moscow state university), David Abulafia(Cambridge), Andrew Saint (London Survey), Natalia Ultchenko (Russian Academy of Sciences). With very special help from Arch. Can Elmas and Owen Matthews.

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Our sincere thanks go to our supporters







From iVelonotte 2013 Reader

Philip Mansel. Constantinople: City of the World's Desire 1453-1924 (various editions)

John Freely, Ahmet Cakmak. Byzantine monuments of Istanbul. Cambridge, 2004.

Istanbul (Insight City Guides). Edited by Thomas Goltz, Apa publications, 1991.

Aygül Ağır. İstanbul'un Eski Venedik Yerleşimi ve Dönüşümü. Istanbul, 2009.

David Abulafia. The Great Sea: a human history of the Mediterranean, UK and US edns., 2011; Dutch edn., 2011; Greek and Turkish edns., 2012.

Orhan Türker. Galata'dan Karaköy'e Bir Liman Hikayesi. Istanbul, 2009.

Nur Akın. 19. Yüzyılın İkinci Yarısında Galata ve Pera. Istanbul, 2011

John Freely. Istanbul: The Imperial City. (various editions)​

Orkhan Pamuk. Istanbul: Memories and the City (various editions)

Ernest Mamboury. The tourists’ guide to Istanbul. Istanbul, 1953​.

Architectural guide to Istanbul. 4 volumes. Ed. by Afife BATUR. Istanbul: TMMOB Mimarlar Odasi Istanbul Buyukkent Subesi, 2006.

Edhem Eldem. Bankalar Caddesi: Osmanl'dan gunumuze Voyvoda Caddesi. Voyvoda Street from Ottoman times to today. Istanbul: Osmanl Bankas Bankaclk ve Finans Tarihi Arastrma ve Belge Merkezi, 2000.

​Agatha Christie. Murder on the Orient Express  (various editions)

Ekrem Akurgal. Ancient Civilisations and Ruins of Turkey. Kegan Paul,  2002

Борзенко А., Борзенко А.,
Стамбул. Путеводитель. Москва:Вокруг света, 2011.

​Мейер М.С.,А.Ф.Дерибас, Шувалов Н.Б.  Турция: книга странствий. Мытищи: Вече, Хартия, 2000.

Петросян Ю. А. Османская Империя: могущество и гибель. Москва: Эксмо, 2003 г.

Джон Фрили. Тайны османского двора. Частная жизнь султанов. Перевод И. Соколова. Москва: Русич, 2004.

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