ISTANBUL

Going beyond well-trodden hotspots, a new smartphone app will help visitors to Turkey’s largest city discover the metropolis’ rich multicultural legacy through guided walking tours.

The app, called KarDes (“kardesh”) — meaning “map” in Armenian and “sibling” in Turkish — was launched last week by the Istanbul-based Hrant Dink Foundation.

The app was designed as a personal tour guide in both Turkish and English, allowing users to learn more about the 15 million-strong city’s history through curated walking tours, each lasting for around two hours.

Behind KarDes is a trio of energetic twentysomethings: Narod Avci, the project coordinator;

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