Istanbul from Ara Güler’s eyes

Ara Güler’s Istanbul

Turkey’s greatest photographer … Ara Güler’s work asks age-old questions about progress and innocence, and ultimately leaves it up to the viewer to decide which is more important to society’.  His Istanbul is a unique record of daily life in the cultural capital of Turkey from the 1940s to the 1980s, captured by the award-winning photographer

If you want to see Istanbul from Güler’s eyes click the link below http://www.araguler.com.tr/istanbul.html

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From the Nile to the Bosphorus

                                                                                      Myths do travel as long as people wander

The Bosphorus, known as the Istanbul Strait is a strait that forms the boundary between the Thrace and Anatolian sections of Turkey. The ancient writers state that the Bosphorus derived its name from the passage of Io in the shape of a cow. Continue reading

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Solstice a Cause for Celebration Since Ancient Times

The winter solstice is again upon the Northern Hemisphere, and though the year’s shortest day heralds the onset of winter it also promises the gradual return of the sun after a prolonged period of darkness.

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The Mysterious Gobekli Tepe

Gobekli Tepe (Gobekli: Belly Tepe: Hill) is a site six miles outside of Urfa, Turkey that contains megalith circles. It was uncovered in 1994 by German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt. Since that time, Klaus and his team have uncovered at least seven large stone circles and they suspect that there are many more left under 22 acres of land yet to be excavated. What are these stones doing in this hill overlooking what must have once been a lush valley? Continue reading

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A Story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul

A multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol composed the colorful rhythms of Istanbul in his new cd called  ” A story of the City: Constantinople, Istanbul”. Continue reading

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Museum to devote itself to ‘goddesses’

Academics are pursuing plans to open Turkey’s first museum devoted to “mother goddesses” in the southwestern province of Muğla’s Datça district. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/museum-to-devote-itself-to-godesses.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24117&NewsCatID=385

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A new discovery at Ziyaret Tepe on the river Tigris

Archaeologists Discover Lost Language Science Daily (May 10, 2012) — Evidence for a forgotten ancient language which dates back more than 2,500 years, to the time of the Assyrian Empire, has been found by archaeologists working in Turkey.

Detail from the tablet found at Ziyaret Tepe. Inscribed with Cuneiform characters, the tablet consists of a list of women’s names, many of which appear to be from a previously unknown language. (Credit: John MacGinnis)

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Arnavutkoy, an authentic Bosphorus neighborhood

Arnavutköy (arna-vut-kėuy), the Albanian Village

This charming neighbourhood is located  on the European side of the Bosphorus. At one time she was called as Anapolis and Estias. Her name  “Albanian” comes from the group of Albanians settled  during the early Ottoman period, and the Greeks used to call her as Michaelion “the city of angels”  owing its name to the church of St. Michael  built by Constantine, and as Megalou Reumatos “the grand flow” because of the fast currents  hitting her cape. Continue reading

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A Journey from Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

In our  walk and cruise by Bosphorus trip, we have the opportunity to see and talk about how the view and landscape of Bosphorus has changed through time. The current exhibition at Pera museum displays the photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid XIXth Century to XX Century. Continue reading

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The Lost Harbour of Constantinople

One of the largest urban excavations in history exposes a massive Byzantine port. This is the site where a new east-west rail line will emerge from below ground connecting with the city’s subways light rail system and the busses. Continue reading

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