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a church at Samatya-İstanbul, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

a church at Samatya-İstanbul, pentax k5, photos by ozgur ozkok

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Santa Maria Church, Beyoglu

Santa Maria church, Santa Maria Kilisesi, Beyoglu-Istanbul, photos by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

Santa Maria church, Santa Maria Kilisesi, Beyoglu-Istanbul, photos by ozgur ozkok, pentax k10d

The friend has secret ways known to no one else

If the door shuts, do not go away. Be patient, even if every possibility seems closed. The friend has secret ways known to no one else. Mevlana Rumi

birds fly on their wings towards a certain direction “Balat Balino Rum Kilisesi”

Balat Balino Rum Kilisesi, Balat Balino Greece Church, Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Balat Balino Rum Kilisesi, Balat Balino Greece Church, Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

The difference between birds and their wings, and the wings of the aspirations of intelligent men, is that birds fly on their wings towards a certain direction, whereas intelligent men fly on the wings of their aspirations away from all directions.

Mevlana Rumi

The Church of Saints Sergios and Bacchos “Kucuk Ayasofya Camii”

Küçük Ayasofya Camii, The Church of Saints Sergios and Bacchos , Sultanahmet-Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Küçük Ayasofya Camii, The Church of Saints Sergios and Bacchos , Sultanahmet-Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok


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Aya Irini

Aya İrini , Sultanahmet-Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Aya İrini , Sultanahmet-Istanbul, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Holly streets of Yeldegirmeni-Kadikoy

Yeldeğirmeni-Kadıköy, Istanbul , pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Yeldeğirmeni-Kadıköy, Istanbul , pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Kadikoy-Yeldegirmeni has been always a place with population belonging to the three main religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. There are still many examples of mosques, Greek or Armenian churches, and synagogues.

Aya Yorgi Church

Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Aya Yorgi Church, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Aya Yorgi Church, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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Buyukada, Aya Yorgi Church

Aya Yorgi Church, Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Aya Yorgi Church, Aya Yorgi Kilisesi, Büyükada, Princes Islands, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Büyükada consists of two peaks. The one nearest to the iskele (ferry landing), İsa Tepesi (meaning Jesus Hill in Turkish), formerly Hristos (Χριστός, the Greek name for Jesus Christ), is topped by the former Greek Orphanage, a huge wooden building now in decay. In the valley between the two hills sit the church and monastery of Ayios Nikolaos and a former fairground called Luna Park.

The Aya Yorgi Church at the top of the hill is of particular importance for both Christians and Muslims. No one knows whether it is actually true or just a myth, but they say that if you unravel a roll of thread as you walk to the church on top of the hill, your wish will come true

Streets of Samatya

Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d

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Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Samatya, Istanbul, pentax k10d