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As the European Capital of Culture in 2010, the city of Istanbul will be holding hundreds of lectures, film screenings, exhibits, and special events. For a calendar of the events scheduled so far, click here. While the English version of the ECOC website could use a bit of help already (there are broken links, listings with incomplete info, etc) and restorations of the Kariye Museum (aka Chora Church), Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace will hinder visits, a flexible traveler will still get a lot out of a trip to the city this year. I stress flexible because this is a cultural initiative in Europe after all, so scheduling and events are bound to change at a moment’s notice. For more information on what to see and do in Istanbul consult this post.