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Reading about Istanbul

Reading about Istanbul, 1

 

Well, last time I was in Istanbul in November 2011 during Kurban Bayrami. If I hadn´t known in advance that my visit coincide this holiday, it would have remained unnoticed for me. Kurban Bayrami wasn´t visible in the central Istanbul. On the other hand Turkish TV programs were constantly reporting how this major Islamic holiday is celebrated all over the country. Visiting Istanbul was really nice, as usual.

I met some friends, strolled along the streets, visited mosques, wonderful exhibitions, had some genuinely good food. Pure delight.

 

Just a remark – during that visit I also made a short trip to Canakkale. No, I haven´t seen Istanbul enough, but Istanbul isn´t Turkey and vice versa. Some adventure would not harm, so I thought.

Returning to a familiar place is always a secure choice. Doesn´t require too much effort, you know. Istanbul has become somewhat familiar to me, I guess. Canakkale was worth an effort. But I´ll stick to Istanbul now and report of other places in coming posts.

Istanbul and Golden Horn, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul and Golden Horn, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

 

While I am not in Istanbul I truly miss this place. Gercekten. And what´s the best remedy for that?

I try to go back there in my mind. Reconstruct places through texts, photos, daydreaming… Sounds like a severe disease, really J There are some web sources I visit quite regularly in order to update my knowledge about what´s going on in this city/country.

 

Ortakoy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Ortakoy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Some nice reading


Sure, there are presumably thousands of blogs praising Istanbul. One of my recent favorites is Turkey´s for lifewww.turkeysforlife.com which is run by a British couple living in Fethiye. Therefore, this blog is mostly concentrating on Fethiye and its surroundings. But they also pay a lot of attention to Istanbul. Blog is written in a humorous and lively style. I recommend. Good links to other sources. Continue reading

infinite beauty are reflected “Mevlevi Tekke Camii”

Mevlevi Tekke Camii, Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Mevlevi Tekke Camii, Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

The Pure Heart is a spotless mirror in which images of infinite beauty are reflected. Mevlana Rumi

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old days

istanbul, pentax k10d

istanbul, pentax k10d

“Forum Istanbul” shopping mall

Forum Istanbul shopping mall, Forum İstanbul alışveriş merkezi, pentax k10d, Istanbul

Forum Istanbul shopping mall, Forum İstanbul alışveriş merkezi, pentax k10d, Istanbul

Bulgarian St Stephen Church (Sveti Stefan Kilisesi)

The Bulgarian St Stephen Church (Bulgarian: Църква „Свети Стефан“; Turkish: Sveti Stefan Kilisesi), also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey, famous for being made of cast iron. The church belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city. The Bulgarians of the Ottoman Empire used to pray at the churches of the Phanar Orthodox Patriarchy, but due to nationalistic movements, Bulgarians were allowed a national church in the 19th century, the Bulgarian Exarchate.

Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, Golden Horn, Sveti Stefan Kilisesi,  Haliç, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Bulgarian St. Stephen Church, Golden Horn, Sveti Stefan Kilisesi, Haliç, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

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Haliç manzarası, Golden Horn

Haliç, Golden Horn, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Haliç, Golden Horn, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Halic view from Pierre Loti tea garden

Halic, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Halic, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Halic scene from Pierre Loti tea garden

Halic, Golden Horn, Istanbul, Pentax K10d

Halic, Golden Horn, Istanbul, Pentax K10d

Haliç scene

Golden Horn, istanbul, pentax k10d

Golden Horn, istanbul, pentax k10d

Golden Horn and Eyup cemeteries

Golden Horn, Halic, Istanbul, Pentax K10d

Golden Horn, Halic, Istanbul, Pentax K10d