Monthly Archives: January 2011

I give her my heart but she wanted my soul

Hekimoglu Ali Pasa Mosque, Hekimoğlu Ali Paşa Camii,  Istanbul, pentax k10d

Hekimoglu Ali Pasa Mosque, Hekimoğlu Ali Paşa Camii, Istanbul, pentax k10d

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never did before
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear you anymore
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ all the way down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right
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there is an inner wakefulness, that directs the dream

Istanbul tulip festival, İstanbul lale festivali, Emirgan, pentax k10d

Istanbul tulip festival, İstanbul lale festivali, Emirgan, pentax k10d

Inner Wakefulness

This place is a dream
only a sleeper considers it real
then death comes like dawn
and you wake up laughing
at what you thought
was your grief

A man goes to sleep in the town
where he has always lived
and he dreams
he’s living in another town
in the dream he doesn’t remember
the town he’s sleeping in his bed in
he believes the reality
of the dream town
the world is that kind of sleep Continue reading

April come she will, When streams are ripe and swelled with rain

Istanbul, Beyoglu, pentax k10d

Istanbul, Beyoglu, pentax k10d

April Come She Will

April come she will
When streams are ripe and swelled with rain;
May, she will stay,
Resting in my arms again

June, she´ll change her tune,
In restless walks she´ll prowl the night;
July, she will fly
And give no warning to her flight. Continue reading

I was so hard to please, but look around …

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time? Continue reading

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Kadirga

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

The Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque (Turkish: Sokollu Mehmed Paşa Camii) is an Ottoman mosque located in the Kadirga neighborhood of the Fatih district of Istanbul, Turkey.

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

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Kadirga Buhara Ozbekler Tekkesi

Istanbul, Ozbekler Tekkesi  (Tekkia, Lodge ), Sultanahmet-Kadirga, pentax k10d

Istanbul, Ozbekler Tekkesi (Tekkia, Lodge ), Sultanahmet-Kadirga, pentax k10d

“Ozbekler Tekkesi” is located across Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque. It was built in the 17th century as an accommodation place for candidate pilgrims and traveler dervishes who came from Turkistan and who are members of Nakhshibendi denomination. The Muslims from Turkistan who set off for pilgrimage considered going to Istanbul to visit Eyup Sultan and the Ottoman Sultan, who was the caliph of Muslim world, as a duty.

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Sokullu Mehmet Camii, Kadırga-Istanbul, pentax k10d

The lodge  is located between Kadırga and Sultanahmet districts, and at the opposite of Sokullu Mehmed Paşa Mosque, was restored by the  Metropolitan Municipality during 2006-2008. Then it was put into disposal as a design center. Istanbul design centre is a design educating school, which was established in 2008. 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

That’s why I hate to be alone, Speak with me a while

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

Song

Your lips are red
Your hands are white
Take my hands, child,
Hold them a while.

In the village where I was born
There were no walnut trees
That’s why I yearn for coolness
Fondle me a while.

In the village where I was born
There were no cornfields
So scatter your hair child
Flaunt it a while. Continue reading

There is a place, I know; It is possible to say everything …

Belek beach, Antalya, pentax k10d

Belek beach, Antalya, pentax k10d

I Can’t Tell

If I cry, can you hear my voice,
In my lines;
Can you touch,
My tears, with your hands?
I didn’t know that songs were this beautiful,
Whereas words were this insufficient
Before I had this trouble.
There is a place, I know;
It is possible to say everything; Continue reading

Let living be like loving from the heart If there must be complaint, let it be of death

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

Antalya, Belek beach, pentax k10d

I Want a Country

I want a country
Let the sky be blue, the bough green, the cornfield yellow
Let it be a land of birds and flowers

I want a country
Let there be no pain in the head, no yearning in the heart
Let there be an end to brothers’ quarrels Continue reading