Forebodings Two Sketches part 3

“Let my fate go whither it listeth.”

In the darkest corner of a ward, in the bed marked number twenty- four, a farm laborer of about thirty years of age had been lying for several months. A black wooden tablet, bearing the words “Caries tuberculosa,” hung at the head of the bed, and shook at each movement of the patient. The poor fellow`s leg had had to be amputated above the knee, the result of a tubercular decay of the bone. He was a peasant, a potato-grower, and his forefathers had grown potatoes before him. He was now on his own, after having been in two situations; had been married for three years and had a baby son with a tuft of flaven hair. Then suddenly, from no cause that he could tell, his knee had pained him, and small ulcers had formed. He had afforded himself a carriage to the town, and there he had been handed over to the hospital at the expense of the parish.

He remembered distinctly how on that autumn afternoon he had driven in the sple

Istanbul world city

A city of world

Istanbul; the capital of three great empires, the host for the cultures of the communities that have been living in Anatolia for thousands of years, and the city housing the most significant structures of the three major religions.

Istanbul, extending to Asia on one side and to Europe on the other, is the only city that lies on two continents in the world. The Bosporus, passing through the middle of the city guides the waters of the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Golden Horn.

Having served as the capital of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires respectively, Istanbul is hopeful for its modem future whilst preserving the heritage of the past proudly.

The variety one can enjoy in the city is really fascinating. Istanbul, known with its museums, churches, palaces, mosques, marketplaces and natural beauties, and has also begun to be known with its skyscrapers which are the necessity of modem life, makes its guests feel that it is one o

Groves Istanbul

The Yildiz Grove

Sultan Selim III built a pavilion named “Yildiz” -meaning the Star- for his mother Mihrisah Sultan in this grove he admired in the 18th century. It was followed by other pavilions and “kasir’s. There are pools, waterfalls and ponds in the covert. Some of the trees are 400 years old. The flowers, dominantly tulips, create grove a carousal of colour.

The Romantika Fenerbahce Park

The Romantika Park on the Fenerbahce peninsula is a an undertaking by Turing and hears the signature of Qelik Gulersoy. The Park which serves in both an open and a closed area has a breathtaking view of the Princes Isles from the front side. In summers you can enjoy the beautiful geraniums in the garden while the winter panorama accompanies you under the glass covered inner side during cold weathers. You can taste the life in Istanbul by listening to the intoxicating tunes of classical music in the freshly green park.

The Emirgan Grove<

History Istanbul

Istanbul lived it`s “Golden Age” between 527 and 565.

It was the most magnificent and the greatest city of its era with a population more than half a million.

A capital that hosted East Roman-Byzantine Empire for 1,600 years and then Ottoman Empire. A hundred and twenty Kaisers and emperors had passed from this city. Its origin goes far back to dark labyrinths of the mythology.

“Land of the Blind!” This is how Delphi Byzas, the leader of Megarian, defined the other side of Bosporus; because he thought the residents of Chalcedon whose leader was also Greek, must have been blind to skip the beauty of European shores and for settling down there. Thus, Megarons founded their new settlement right here, just the opposite side of Chalcedon, called Kadikoy today, in 667 AD on the ridges the Topkapi Palace is located today. Then they named it “Byzantium” attributed to their leader.

Becoming an active business center after a short while, the city was

Private Istanbul tour Congo Diplomatic group

Guided Tour Istanbul for the Republic of Congo Diplomatic group on 11th March 2016

We started the Guided Tour Istanbul from Hippodrome. Again it`s Friday and we couldn`t go into Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque). We talked a little bit outside about Blue Mosque – how beautiful it is inside, how magnificent and blue it is as well. The blue colour comes from the Iznik tiles. I hope they will come back to see it with their families.

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Wooden workmanship Byzantium

The wooden workmanship at the Byzantium

The centers of the Byzantine wooden workmanship which is not widely known are Istanbul, Antakya and Iskenderiye.

Today, there are very few examples left by the masters trained in these centers.

The wooden workmanship is one of the field of the Byzantine art which is not thoroughly studied. The wood suitable to be treated was engraved and ornamented with decorative motifs and they were used as furniture in the houses of rich people and as small objects in the other ones. There were artisans dealing with carpentry nearly everywhere in the empire but the artisans of wooden carving were trained in the centers such as the

Kadikoy, Bostanci & Uskudar

Istanbul is a matchless city on earth with its unique characteristic of setting the two continents apart.

The Bosporus which passes right through the middle of the city also borders the continents of Asia and Europe from each other. Asian side incorporating the eastern part of the city is a region which embraces many surprises worth seeing although they are out of the travelers` routes.

Asian side, which is called as Anatolian side as well, offers more peaceful life to its residents when compared to the other side of the city. Less cosmopolite nature and more established neighborhoods constitute the major reason of preference to reside here together with a greener and better constructed areas than the European side.


Kadikoy is the major district of the Anatolian side. Megarians, were Kadikoy`s first settlers and BC 675 is accepted as its establishment date according to the Greek sources. Some i historical sources claim Phoenicians were the f

Shirts with Talisman

One of the interesting topics which the periodical elaborates is about “Shirts with Talisman “. Orhan Saik Gokyay tells the following related to the “Shirts with Talisman “Shirts with Talisman consist of shirts armored with prayers, spell or some prayers, verses of the Quran, talisman believed to protect people against illness, hostilities and to heal patients. Their history backs to very old times. As far as we know, we see this type of a shirt first in the Yusuf (Joseph) Sura of the Quran. There is a shirt given by the Prophet Joseph when he was the saint of Egypt to his brother so that he sends it to his father Prophet Jacob. When Jacob touches his face to this shirt, his eyes blinded because of crying for his son missing begin to see. According to some saying, this is a very fine shirt brought by Gabriel from the heaven upon the order of God and which covered the Prophet Abraham when he was thrown to the fire by Nimrod. This shirt was

Hagia Sophia

In all its glory After years of renovation work, the interior of the Hagia Sophia can now be enjoyed in its true splendour. For many years it was impossible to admire the interior of the Hagia Sofia, Istanbul`s most enduring landmark, due to the maze of scaffolding that covered it. Restoration work on the building, … Read more