February 05, 2011

JOURNEYS: THE SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY

Just beyond the walls of Cemberlitas, a Turkish bathhouse built in 1584 by Mimar Sinan, the greatest of the Ottoman architects, are relics of Istanbul's resonant history. There's a rough-hewn column that had stood for 17 centuries, since Emperor Constantine renamed the city the Greeks had called Byzantium as Constantinople, after himself.

Cemberlitas Hamami
And, over there, the thronged covered laneways of the Grand Bazaar, opened in 1461 in the time of Mehmet the Conquerer, the sultan whose victory over Constantinople finished off the Byzantine empire.

Every corner had another story inscribed in the stones of the dizzying metropolis where seagulls honk like geese, stray kittens curl up in your lap ready to doze away the afternoon and even tourist groups shuffling as if strung together like slaves look as if they have been struck with wonder. (Elizabeth Wynhausen)

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