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Easter promise: the patisserie built on a friendship that bridges Istanbul’s divides

A Greek bakery founded by Christians and now run by Muslims keeps the seasonal spirit alive

Fehmi Yıldıran remembers how, growing up in the Anatolian town of Bolu, every spring he and the other children used to boil eggs and dye them red using onion skins.

  • Bethan McKernan and Beril Eski
  • The Guardian

He didn’t find out what the tradition was about until 1952, when he turned 14 and packed his bags for Istanbul with dreams of becoming a chef.

On arriving in the metropolis, Yıldıran found himself captivated by life in the glamorous Christian neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, where…

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