Take a Clean Break in Istanbul
ISTANBUL AWAKENS the senses like few places on earth, with its centuries-old minarets, fragrant bazaars, clanging trolleys, all the ships and ferries chugging up and down the mighty Bosporus. For a long time, Istanbul has also offered a distinctive type of sanctuary from all that overstimulation: the Turkish bathhouse, or hammam.
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Fortune-telling has long played an important role in Turkish culture. Even after the conversion to Islam, which deems fortune telling sinful, Turks continued to practice and value fortune-telling. In fact, a müneccimbaşı (the head of fortune tellers) was kept in the Ottoman palaces to cater to the Sultans’ desires of knowing what the future holds.
A Spot of Romance
THE project has eaten up all his Nobel prize money and he says he could have written half a novel in the time it has taken to finish it. But Turkey’s laureate, Orhan Pamuk, finally has his Museum of Innocence, the wellspring of his bestselling 2008 tale of the same name, about the doomed Istanbul lovers, Füsun and Kemal.
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In the evolutionary process of the Istanbul fish restaurant, there was a moment in the late 1990s when the amphibious, shore-hugging boat restaurants crawled out of the Bosphorus and became land dwellers.
April 30, 2011
Contemporary French artist Bertrand Ivanoff’s unique light installation “Rainbow Box” is on display at the derelict tobacco warehouse on Paşalimanı Street in Üsküdar, a roofless structure that now stands as just four walls.
Having displayed work in Istanbul before, including a permanent installation commissioned by the Borusan Art Center in 2007, Ivanoff’s search for flexible, concrete spaces complimentary to the field of public art he specializes in has brought him back to Turkey, where his current installation of colorful lights runs until May 22.
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April 28, 2011
HE could have been no more than 10 years of age, dressed splendidly from head to toe in white with gold and blue trimmings.
Today, he is out on the town in Istanbul with his proud parents.
It’s a special day ahead of a very special day: the day he is to be ceremonially circumcised.
Circumcision is among the most significant traditional procedures for a Turkish Anatolian boy. The ceremony is a kind of coming-of-age for the boys to earn respectability in the community.
It may be painful for them but it is a source of considerable joy and pride for the parents.
A family starts preparing for the event about two months beforehand. Printed invitations to attend the ceremony are sent out to family and friends.
Today’s public parading in the special circumcision outfit, when the boy is given special treats, is the most important part of the preparations. Rich families adorn their sons with jewels.
On the day of the ceremony, guests will shower the boy with gifts such as gold, money, clothing and household goods.
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April 27, 2011
Once pipes were laid throughout the city, the old Ottoman fountains were no longer necessary and the sites where once water was distributed and passersby could get a refreshing drink, sank into disuse despite of the fact many of these fountains bore the names of important people from sultans to mothers of sultans and from grand viziers to paşas.
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April 26, 2011
Taking first place among female contenders, Gülay described her personal motivation to join the run. “I lost my father to cancer when I was 15 months old. I wanted to come here today because I know that cancer, when it is diagnosed early, can be far from fatal,” she said. Gülay also highlighted the importance of physical activity for Turkish women in particular.
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In Istanbul, at the crossroads of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn, in the area of the Galata Tower, Kuledibi has been home to many different people and cultures throughout its history. Today, it hosts the Roma, Kurdish and Jewish poor, as well as Laz merchants, intellectuals, the art infatuated bourgeoisie, artists, writers, journalists and illegal immigrant workers, who all live here side-by-side, but separately.
When we pass through the crowds in the square in front of the Galata Tower and go deep into the winding back streets, we can see that the neighbourhood life is struggling to preserve its identity while this quarter's transformation into an art centre has started to make its way these past few years. Children run around and play in the streets; women lean out of their apartments' windows above the galleries and drop baskets to the markets below to be filled with bread and milk, just as they have always done.
The walls and store shutters in Kuledibi are covered with graffiti. We pass among tourists taking photographs of everything under the sun and enter a gallery.
Kristina opens the door to welcome us. Kristina Kramer came here from Germany six years ago and is the curator of the Manzara Perspectives art gallery since the past two years. In order to bring together different cultures through art, the gallery hosts artists from various countries and young art students who organise group exhibitions.
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“Turkey has become a major player in the region, socially, culturally, economically and politically. Thus we decided to teach regional languages rather than the classic foreign languages such as English or French,” said Serdar Dinler, director of Kadir Has University’s Center for Lifelong Learning, which will start teaching the courses in May at its Neighboring Languages Academy.
The new courses aim to enable Turkish people of all ages and backgrounds to speak directly to their Armenian counterparts without resorting to a third language such as English, Dinler told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in a phone interview Monday.
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April 25, 2011
The service at the church near the Golden Horn, known also as the Iron Church, began at 11 pm Saturday and was delivered by Bishop Teodosiy, who arrived, with three other clergy, from Bulgaria.
Many worshipers also traveled from Bulgaria to Istanbul to attend the Easter Mass there. The building and the yard were filled with people. At midnight sharp the church bell announced the resurrection of Christ while Teodosiy blessed the attendees.
People greeted each other with the traditional "Christ Is Risen," and went around the church three times in observance of the Easter ritual. They also exchanged colored eggs and the Easter bread called kozunak.
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