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Guide to Turkey

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Comment by Huseyin Gokhan Orucoglu on December 22, 2010 at 16:36
There’s a whole world waiting to be discovered in Istanbul, famous for
its traditions of hospitality. Start your exploration in Sultanahmet
where a plethora of architectural marvels jostle for space in this
UNESCO World Heritage site. Standing in the Hippodrome (Roman
racecourse), now a park, is Istanbul’s oldest monument, the
3,500-year-old obelisk of Theodosius.

Close by is the famous Imperial Sultanahmet Mosque or the Blue Mosque, so named because of its
beautiful interior paneling of blue and white Iznik tiles. Its six
elegant spires become the backdrop for a son-et-lumiere during the
summer months. Considered one of the beautiful of all the imperial
mosques in Istanbul, the white marble Imperial Suleymaniye Mosque was
built by Sinan, the most famous architect of Ottoman times. Situated on
the West Bank of the Golden Horn, its vast domes and slender minarets
dominate the skyline. Other grand mosques in the city are the Rustem
Pasa Mosque, the Imperial Fatih Mosque, the Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque,
the Mosque of Eyup, and the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque.

Istanbul’s stunning palaces are one of the reasons why this city is such a magnet
for visitors. The spectacular Topkapi Palace was once the home of the
sultans of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Must-sees are its Harem and its Treasury Room with its dazzling 86-carat
teardrop-shaped Spoonmaker’s Diamond (the fifth largest in the world),
the emerald-studded Topkapi Dagger, the bejeweled sword of Suleyman the
Magnificent, and the mother-of-pearl inlaid throne of Ahmet I. And,
while entering the Imperial Gate of Topkapi, don’t miss the ornate
Fountain Sultan Ahmet III built in 1728. The palace has even been the
subject of a Mozart opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio. The
Ottoman-European Dolmabahce Palace, with its ornate gate and beautiful
gardens, spans 600 metres of the European shore of the Strait. Visit the
lavish selamlik (ceremonial suites) and harem and concubines’ quarters
to see its extravagant interiors. Beylerbeyi Palace us a stunning
creation in white marble set in fragrant magnolia-filled garden,
overlooking the Bosphorus. Built by Sultab Abdulaziz as his summer
residence, it once hosted many royal guests including Napoleon III’s
wife, Empress Eugenie. Istanbul’s other splendid palaces include Ciragan
Palace, Goksu Palace and Yildiz Palace.

Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th
century, the Basilica of Hagia Sophia (now called the Ayasofya Museum)
is one of the finest architectural masterpieces of all time. Once the
most magnificent church of the Christian world, it was converted into a
mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, and then into a museum by
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and the first president of the
Turkish Republic. Its awe-inspiring dome and stunning Byzantine mosaics
cannot fail to dazzle even the most blasé of visitors. The Kariye
Museum, in the Chora complex, is an important Byzantine monument,
especially for its stunning 14th-century mosaic depicting scenes from
the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The beautifully restored Haseki
Sultan Hamami, now an exhibition center for Turkish textiles and
carpets, was once one of the most magnificent hamams in Istanbul with
its two grand domed halls. There are many more palaces, monuments and
museums to explore in Turkey. Car rental Istanbul is for the confident
tourist who wants to explore the sites which feature in any list of
Turkey’s top tourist attractions.

It would be a shame to leave Istanbul without taking an unforgettable boat
ride up the Istanbul Strait that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores
offer breathtaking views and are lined with beautiful palace, majestic
fortresses, wooden villas and trendy hotels-a curious blend of the past
and present. Embark at Eminonu and sail past Dolmabahce Palace, Yildiz
Palace, Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Goksu Palace the fortresses
of Rumeli Hisari and Annadolu Hisari, and the two bridges that link
Europe and Asia – the Bogazici Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet
Bridge. A traditional boat excursion is a great way to see some of the
stunning sights of this fabulous city. Leaving Istanbul Turkey car hire
is the most convenient way to explore beautiful places and attractions.
Comment by Huseyin Gokhan Orucoglu on December 18, 2010 at 17:27

The Harem, the facts are far different from the myths.

Harem the mysthic word that attracts most of the writes and painters of middle ages.  This word influenced their mind and stipulated their power of dreams.  That is how lots of secret stories and dreamable life styly paintings had been produced.  Lets look if the reality behind all these stories are facts or just a dillusions of our desires.


Fatih Sultan Mehmet ( the conquerer) preferred to keep The Harem in the old palace (byzantium) and had formed his new palace in Topkapi.  This decision clearly shows that state business and private life are strictly separated.  This status quo kept untill the big fire in the old palace, then the Harem had moved to Topkapi by Kanuni Sultan Suleyman ( the magnificient).  Some rumours stated that this attempt was because he wanted to be close to Hurrem Sultan (Roxeland).

The Harem was a place that any men could not reach.  Especially for the foreigners, to be around the Harem was a mission impossible.  I guess that is why their power of dream created all these artifacts.  Despite being such a dreamland contrarily the Harem was like another state that was  ruled with very strict and fatal system.  It was a real arena that women were gaining their right and privileges based on their talent, beauty and time that they have spent in the Harem.  They should fight to keep their position very hard though.  It was a place that some of the women could pay their mistakes by theri life or sometimes they had to share their place with 500 more.

The management and control of the Harem was the responsibility of  the emasculated black or circassian people called Harem Agasi.  They had very high privileges and lots of financial power.  They could visit the Sultan direct,  was number one friend and secret keeper of Valide Sultan( the mother of the sultan), responsible from training of Sehzade ( the sons of the sultan) and most importantly was the head of the axemen ( executers).  They were very hard and though.  No mistakes were tolerated.  It was written there were lots of women had been executed by putting in a bag and released to the sean from Sarayburnu. They had the Pasha title (general) and lots of  horses and slaves.

For sure it was not easy to be a concubine from a female slave.  Mostly Tatar, Georgian and Circassians (the most reputable) were taken under a tight training like music, instrument, dancing, and literature.  Thenn the most talented and pretty ones we chosen and given as helper to the Valide Sultan or Concubines.  This would help them to be close to the sultan and maybe one day they could be a concubine.

The sons and daughters were living together with their mothers there.  It was very hard for the sons and the mother of sons.  Because the mothers must have planned how they can be a Valide Sultan and the sons were under the threat of loosing their heads by the competitors.  The system was very hard and it was a price to be paid for being the most powerfull empire for over 700 years.

The Harem and Hurrem Sultan (Roxeland) are like a thematic story.  That is why I want to write about these on another post.  Lets hear now what about the daughters.  They were maybe the most lucky members.  Because they were no threats to the sultan, they were kept in a luxury and loving environment.  Even after they were gone out of the Harem, they were getting married with governers or pashas with enough financial wealth.  They were carrying their empire privileges and protective coverage as well as with a very unique one.  This unique privilege was for the daugthters only.  They could suspend their husbands from multi marriages.

If you stay as a slave in the Harem for 9 years and do not become a concubine then you can be released.  They give you lots of present, education and when you think that you come in at the age of 15 and released at the age of 24 then you can find a real good husband.

In 16th century the sultans started to keep their sons in the Harem in rooms called the cage.  This was done to avoid fights and threats for the empire.   In these rooms with some women the sons must have spent years.  They could leave the room either being the sultan or being executed.  Not very charming.  That is why after this date we had a few mentally unbalanced sultans.

As you can see the Harem is not really a dream place as in the stories.  Even more you can say that it was an arena except the live lions.  However more than 300 or 400 pretty, talented and smart women can be even more dangerous than lions.
Comment by Huseyin Gokhan Orucoglu on December 17, 2010 at 7:12

Basilica Cistern or Yerebatan Sarayı ( Sunken Palace) in Turkish


The Basilica Cistern had been constructed by 1. Iustiniaus in 542 BC to supply water for the surrounding palaces. The locals called it the Sunken Palace because it looked like an undreground Bzyantian Palace.  The cistern was next to a square called Basilica Stoa this commercial building also gave the cistern its name.  Istanbul city was growing rapidly.
The emperors were bringing water from outskirts of Istanbul.  However in war times these channels were being demolished that was why they had needed these huge cisterns.

In the borders of the old city it was explored over 70 cisterns.  The basilica Cistern is the biggest of all.  The dimensions are 138 x 64.6 meters and the height is 9 meters.  Thişs counts roughly 80000 metric tonnes of storage capacity.  The walls and base of the cistern is 4.8 meters thick brick walls covered by 5 cm insulation concrete.  It have been used 336 columns have been used to carry the ceiling that were placed every 4.80 meters.  These columns and some of the materials have been brought from old or antique buildings.

It has been used for the watering system of Topkapi Palace for a while then has been forgotten.  In 1150 the Dutch travveller P. Gyllius has explored the cistern again.  After 1940 in The Turkish Republic the renovation has started and in 1987 after extracting 50000 metric tones of mud in 2 years the museum started to accept visitors.

Comment by Huseyin Gokhan Orucoglu on December 16, 2010 at 16:47

Important Events in 2011, 12th ıstanbul biennial announced

Title of the 12th biennial announced:
"Untitled(12th İstanbul Biennial), 2011"
The 12th İstanbul Biennial, organised by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koç Holding, is set for 17 September-13 November 2011, under the curatorship of Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann.
Adriano Pedrosa is the founding director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo (PIESP) and Jens Hoffmann, director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco.
The press meeting of the 12th İstanbul Biennial was held on October 20, 2010, in Pera Palas Hotel, İstanbul. The co-curators, Mr. Adriano Pedrosa and Mr. Jens Hoffmann, together with the director, Mrs. Bige Orer, discussed the process of making the İstanbul Biennial. Their conversation addressed crucial questions related to the many biennials currently being realized around the globe, the current state of the İstanbul Biennial, the "Remembering İstanbul" conference, the educational program of the biennial, and the title they have chosen for the 12th edition. Pedrosa and Hoffmann explained their curatorial approach, which attempts to negotiate two seemingly opposing perspectives in contemporary art: art that is concerned purely with aesthetic and formal matters, and art that overtly addresses political and social subjects.
The title of the 12th İstanbul Biennial is "Untitled (12th İstanbul Biennial), 2011". The title and the visual identity refer to the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Gonzalez-Torres is undoubtedly one of the most important artists of the last 25 years, and his work has been featured in numerous international group and solo shows (including the 5th International İstanbul Biennial in 1997, curated by Rosa Martinez). His minimalist, conceptual, formally innovative works-such as the date pieces, the jigsaw puzzles, the paper stacks, the candy spills, the light-bulb strings, the linguistic portraits, and the photographs-are all about aesthetic form, yet they are also about open-ended content, and they frequently address explicitly political subjects. While Gonzalez-Torres's work will not be displayed in the 12th İstanbul Biennial, his presence will be evoked in numerous subtle ways. Untitled (12th İstanbul Biennial), 2011 references his particular conventions for titling his work; it also calls attention to a level of communication where language and representation, including names, places, dates, and titles, operate in more abstract and poetic ways. Through his works, Gonzalez-Torres demonstrated that the most successful political moves are ones that do not appear to be political, and that the personal is political and the political is personal.
Call for Applications for the 12th İstanbul Biennial
The artists to participate in the 12th İstanbul Biennial will be determined by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann, the curators of the exhibition. The curators continue to carry out research both in Turkey and abroad with this objective.
Each applicant is supposed to send the fulfilled application form and their portfolios. Further information on the 12th İstanbul Biennial may be reached through the Biennial's main page:
The applications should be received by the Biennial latest on December 31st, 2010. For sending soft copies of the portfolios, the e-mail address The applications should be made by one e-mail, the attachments size not exceeding 8 MBs. For the hard copies please use the address below.
İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Sadi Konuralp Caddesi No.5
Şişhane 34433 İstanbul, Turkey
Final invitations to the participating artists will be sent by the end of June 2011 and all applicants will receive an answer regarding their project proposal by this date.
Please consider that Istanbul Biennial is unable to return any material received.

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