Category Archives: Aksaray

Bozdogan Kemeri

Bozdogan Kemeri, Valens Adequette, Istanbul-Aksaray, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Bozdogan Kemeri, Valens Adequette, Istanbul-Aksaray, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Do you want to enter paradise? “Laleli Mosque”

Laleli Camii, Laleli Mosque, Aksaray-Istanbul, Turkiye, pentax k10d by ozgur ozkok

Laleli Camii, Laleli Mosque, Aksaray-Istanbul, Turkiye, pentax k10d by ozgur ozkok

Do you want to enter paradise?
To walk the path of Truth
You need the grace of God.
We all face death in the end.
But on the way, be careful
Never to hurt a human heart!
Mevlana Rumi

Laleli Camii, Istanbul

Istanbul, Laleli Camii, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul, Laleli Camii, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Camii, Aksaray

Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Camii, Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque, Aksaray, pentax kx, by ozgur ozkok

Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Camii, Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque, Aksaray, pentax kx, by ozgur ozkok

Laleli Camii

Laleli Camii, Laleli Mosque, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Laleli Camii, Laleli Mosque, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul Vefa bozacisi

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax k10d

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax k10d

Boza, also bosa (from Turkish: boza ), is a popular fermented beverage in Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, parts of Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and also Poland and Lithuania. (Although not as often in the last two countries.) It is a malt drink, made from maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, fermented wheat in Turkey and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania. It has a thick consistency and a low alcohol content (usually around 1%), and has a slightly acidic sweet flavor. (from wikipedia )

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax kx

Istanbul Vefa Bozacisi, pentax kx

This very special Turkish beverage, which carries with it a very long history of its own, enjoying its popularity all along the centuries, without ever leaving the front row, owed its fame to the special expertise of the boza makers who have deployed all their means to preserve this tradition, bringing this delicious drink to the doorsteps of the consumers, mostly on cold winter nights, by the wandering street-vendors. Then came the year 1870, when Hadji Sadik Bey, the great, great grandfather of our family, immigrated from Albania to Istanbul, and settled in a very selective district of the city, Vefa, where mostly aristocratic families, and members close to the Sultan’s Palace had their private houses and residences. Hadji Sadik Bey, then, closely observed that nearly 200 citizens of Armenian origin were in charge of making and selling boza, which at that period was produced with a sour tart flavour and was rather juicy with light consistency. In this very selective residential district of Istanbul, Vefa, he started to make Vefa Boza of a different flavour and taste, with thick consistency and having a less sour taste, just as it is flavoured and enjoyed today. In September, 1876, he registered the tradition of boza making both as a profession and a trademark with the brand name, the VEFA BOZACISI. Continue reading

Lips Monastery (Molla Fenari Isa Mosque)

Fenâri Îsâ Mosque (full name in Turkish: Molla Fenâri Îsâ Câmîi), in Byzantine times known as the Lips Monastery (Greek: Μονή του Λιβός), is a mosque in Istanbul, made of two former Eastern Orthodox churches.

Molla Fenari İsa Camii, Fenari Isa Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Molla Fenari İsa Camii, Fenari Isa Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

The complex is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey, along the Vatan Caddesi Avenue, in a modern context.

Byzantine period
In 908, the Byzantine admiral Constantine Lips inaugurated a nunnery in the presence of the Emperor Leo VI the Wise (r. 886–912). The nunnery was dedicated to the Virgin Theotokos (“Immaculate Mother of God”) in a place called “Merdosangaris” (Greek: Μερδοσαγγάρης), in the valley of the Lycus (the river of Constantinople) . The nunnery was known also after his name (Monē tou Libos), and became one of the largest of Constantinople

Molla Fenari İsa Camii, Fenari Isa Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Molla Fenari İsa Camii, Fenari Isa Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

The church was built on the remains of another shrine from the 6th century, and used the tombstones of an ancient Roman cemetery. Relics of Saint Irene were stored here. The church is generally known as “North Church”.

After the Latin invasion and the restoration of the Byzantine Empire, between 1286 and 1304, Empress Theodora, widow of Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos (r. 1259–1282), erected another church dedicated to St. John the Baptist (Eκκλησία του Αγίου Ιωάννου Προδρόμου του Λίβος) south of the first church. Several exponents of the imperial dynasty of the Palaiologos were buried there besides Theodora: her son Constantine, Empress Eirene of Montferrat and her husband Emperor Andronikos II (r. 1282–1328). This church is generally known as the “South Church”. The Empress restored also the nunnery, which by that time had been possibly abandoned . According to its typikon, the nunnery at that time hosted a total of 50 women and also a Xenon for laywomen with 15 beds attached. Continue reading

when it gets dark softly in Istanbul, I love you

Istanbul, Haliç, Golden Horn, pentax k10d

Istanbul, Haliç, Golden Horn, pentax k10d

I Love You

I love you
like dipping bread into salt and eating
Like walking up at night with high fever
and drinking water, with the tap in my mouth
Like unwrapping the heavy box from postman
with no clue what it is
fluttering, happy, doubtful
I love you Continue reading

Bozdoğan kemeri (The Valens Aqueduct)

The Valens Aqueduct, Bozdoğan Kemeri, İstanbul, pentax k10d

The Valens Aqueduct, Bozdoğan Kemeri, İstanbul, pentax k10d

The Valens Aqueduct (Turkish: Bozdoğan Kemeri, meaning “Aqueduct of the grey falcon” was the major water-providing system of medieval Constantinople (modern Istanbul, in Turkey). Being the oldest aqueduct in Istanbul, Valens has served the city for more than 15 centuries as its most important water source. Restored by several Ottoman Sultans, it is one of the most important landmarks of the city.

Fenari İsa Camii

Fenari İsa Camii, Aksaray, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Fenari İsa Camii, Aksaray, İstanbul, pentax k10d