Daily Archives: May 5, 2010

Hidrellez 2010, Ahirkapi

Hidrellez celebration 2010, Hıdrellez 2010 kutlamaları Sultanahmet başlangıcı, pentax 2010

Hidrellez celebration 2010, Hıdrellez 2010 kutlamaları Sultanahmet başlangıcı, pentax 2010

“Hıdrellez”, is one of the seasonal festivals of all Turkish world which is celebrated as the first day of the “early summer”. It is also “day of Hızır”, the day on which prophets Hızır and Ilyas met with each other on earth. The words Hızır and İlyas have since fused together pronounced as Hıdrellez. Hıdrellez Day falls on May 5-6. There are various theories about the origin of Hızır and Hıdrellez. Various ceremonies and rituals have been performed for various gods with the arrival of spring or summer in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, Greece and in fact all eastern Mediterranean countries since ancient times. One widespread belief suggests that Hızır is a prophet who has attained immortality by drinking the water of life (ab-ı hayat), and who has reached God, and wanders around among people from time to time, especially in the spring, and helps people in difficulty and distributes plenty and health. The identity of Hızır, the place and the time he lived in are not certain. Hızır is the symbol of spring, and the new life which emerges with it.

Hıdrellez 2010, Ahırkapı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Hıdrellez 2010, Ahırkapı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

In Turkey, where belief in Hızır is widespread, the characteristics attributed to him are as follows: Continue reading

Nusretiye Camii, Tophane (Nusretiye Mosque)

Nusretiye Mosque, Tophane, İstanbul, Nusretiye Camii, pentax k10d

Nusretiye Mosque, Tophane, İstanbul, Nusretiye Camii, pentax k10d

The Nusretiye Mosque was erected between 1823 and 1826 by Mahmud II (1784-1839) as part of a larger project to rebuild the Tophane artillery barracks that burnt in the Firuzaga fire. It is located off the Western shore of the Bosphorus, below Tophane or the Canon Foundry established by Mehmed II (1432-1481) and was built on the former site of the Mosque of the Artillery Barracks (Tophane-i Amire Arabacilar Kislasi Camii) built by Selim III (1789-1807). In style, the mosque signifies a transition from Ottoman baroque to empire style. Its architect is Krikor Balyan (1764-1831), who is the first in nine architects belonging to the Armenian Balyan family who served the royal family throughout the nineteenth century. The mosque was named Nusretiye or Victory, in celebration of the sultan’s recent abolition of the rebellious janissary troops in favor of a new western-style army — an event known in Ottoman history as Vaka-i Hayriye or the auspicious event.

Nusretiye Camii, Tophane

Nusretiye Camii, Tophane

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