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Observing Istanbul, the Eternal Capital of the East


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Istanbul, Galata Bridge , May 2018

I had the incredible chance to visit Istanbul twice that year ,back in 2018 . Istanbul really is a place like no other. Spanning over two continents, the city’s exceptionally unique position is just one of the many ways Istanbul brims with juxtapositions. Although Turkey’s most-visited city exudes an eclectic modernity, the country’s deep-rooted history, culture and tradition still remains undeniably prevalent. For some who know very well the city, Istanbul still remains as the eternal capital of Turkey.

Life starts early in the morning at Galata Bridge in Istanbul. The unique spirit of the bridge is still preserved today—with fishermen, tourists, and tea and bagel salesmen.

The Galata Bridge is an Istanbul landmark that connects the newer parts of the city, including Karaköy and Beyoğlu, with the historic old parts of Eminönü and Sultanahmet. The bridge has been frequented by fishermen for over a decade, and boasts some of the city’s best fish vendors and views.

The bridge welcomes both professionals, those who have frequented it for years, amateurs, and enthusiastic beginners alike. Amateurs are eager to learn the right time and the right place to catch fish.

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Istiklal or Istiqlal CD, street Istanbul, May 2018

Built during the Ottoman Empire, the Istiklal street, literally the independance road, was originally known as Grande Rue de Pera, until it was renamed by the new Turkish Republic in the early 19th century. While today the street is pedestrian-dominated, it was once a dangerous high-speed automobile highway that fell into disrepair in the 1970s.

It wasn’t until the founding of the Republic of Turkey that this famous street received its third and present name.  Originally the street was simply called Grand Avenue (Cadde-i Kebir). With the arrival and settlement of non-Muslims and European foreigners in the 17th century, Istiklal Caddesi was referred to as ‘Grand Rue de Pera’.

Located in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) long and Istanbul’s most elegant street , in my opinion, and home to the city’s smartest shops, various embassies and churches as well as fashionable residences and tea-houses. A street people wouldn’t dream of taking a stroll on wearing an ordinary pair of jeans.

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.
The Blue Mosque, (Sultanahmet Camii), Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul is famous for its Mosques and Ottoman architecture. As the capital of the Ottoman Empire since 1453 and the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is home to over 3000 mosques.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii), also known as the Blue Mosque. It’s known as a functioning mosque which also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.

 It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, the principal mosque of Istanbul until the Blue Mosque’s construction and another popular tourist site.

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In the pedestrian pavement of Ayia Sofia, Istanbul, May 2018
Hayia Sofia, Istanbul, front photo

Visitors are still welcome to Hagia Sophia, which remains the country’s most popular tourist attraction. Hagia Sophia, It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, the nation’s biggest tourist draw, and the contested religious center of both Christian and Muslim empires.

The architectural marvel—celebrated for its Byzantine architecture, elaborate mosaics, and religious importance to Christians and Muslims.

The Hagia Sophia that stands today was built in the sixth century as the cathedral for the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (also called the Byzantine Empire), and it became a mosque in 1453 with the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. It remained a Muslim house of worship until 1934, when the Turkish government turned it into a museum.

Taksim Square, May 2018

The word Taksim means “division” or “distribution”. Taksim Square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city (hence the name.) This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. The square takes its name from the Ottoman era stone reservoir which is located in this area.

Taksim is a main transportation hub and a popular destination for both tourists and residents of Istanbul. The Republic Monument (Turkish: Cumhuriyet Anıtı) , a notable monument located at Taksim was built to commemorate the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Istanbul, Taksim Square, credit New York Times
Istanbul, May 2018
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View from Hayia Sofia window, May 2018
Istanbul ferry, May 2018

It’s a well-known fact that the city of Istanbul is unique for spanning two continents. For very cheap, you’ll take a 10 minute ferry ride from Karakoy (Europe) to Kadikoy (Asia). If the weather is good then head out onto one of the outside decks for great views of Sultanahmet including Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Also keep your eyes on the water as you may see a few playful dolphins pop their heads up from time to time. Before you know it you will have docked at Kadikoy – welcome to Asia!

Thank you! Teşekkür ederim!

Les mille et une Turquie: L’Anatolie Orientale


Mille et une Turquie, mais une beauté unique : à la découverte des sites et paysages des portes de l’Orient. L’est de l’Anatolie a des frontières communes avec quatre pays : l’Arménie, l’Iran, l’Irak et la Syrie. Cette proximité a fait de la région un creuset de cultures et de religions.

Résumé:

L’est de l’Anatolie a des frontières communes avec quatre pays : l’Arménie, l’Iran, l’Irak et la Syrie. Cette proximité a fait de la région un creuset de cultures et de religions. Dans cette région multilingue, on parle aussi bien le turc que l’arabe, et dans le massif de Tur-Abdin, les novices d’un monastère syriaque orthodoxe prient en araméen. Quant aux Kurdes, ils ont enfin le droit d’utiliser leur langue.

English:

A  thousand and one Turkey (s), but each time their beauty is unique: in the discovery of sites and landscapes of the doors of the East. Turkish Anatolia has common borders with four countries: Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. This closeness made of the region a melting pot of cultures and religions. In this multilingual region, we speak as well the Turk & Arab, and in the massif of Tur-Abdin, we find the novices of an orthodox Syriac monastery where they pray in the Aramaic language. As for the Kurds, they finally have the right to use their mother tongue language.

Credit picture: Larousse

Watchtower of… this beautiful world


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

 

  • Capturing landscapes from Samsun to Batumi in Blacksea Region.

  • Directed and edited : Nakeeb Yaghi music performance : Ajabb Din

  • Watchtower of Turkey got nominated Best of Vimeo 2014 and Leonardo Dalessandri, the young Italian filmmaker who made it, got offers from producers all around the world to work with him.

  • This film is an homage to Lebanon and Leonardo Dalessandri’s :Watchtower of Turkey

  • Watchtower of Luxor and Aswan

  • Watchtower of Lisbon: One big city full of light. The unique colors, flavors and smells from a wonderful Lisbon, portrayed and abbreviated in a few days. I could make one hundred videos about this city, which as so much to offer, without repeating myself. Lisbon is and will always be “menina e moça”.

Une sélection des courts-métrages à regarder sans hésiter !/ A list of inspirational short films to watch!


<<Bon voyage et laissez-vous emporter>>
  1. “Effect”-Directed By – Atom Film. -Turquie/Turkey: Supposing you received new eyes, donated by a man who recently died in a car accident? This award-winning Turkish film tells the story of the recipient of an eye transplant who starts seeing the last hours of the donor’s life through them, including his beautiful wife. An unsettling love story told in reverse.

fr:Supposant que vous avez reçu de nouveaux yeux, qui font l’objet de dons par un homme qui est récemment mort dans un accident de la route ? Ce film turc primé raconte l’histoire du destinataire ayant reçu une transplantation des yeux qui commence à voir les dernières heures de la vie du donateur à travers “ses yeux” y compris sa belle femme. Une histoire d’amour troublante racontée à l’envers!

2.  ‘Watchtower of Turkey‘ :  Nominated as Best Video of 2014 on Vimeo, Final Cut Pro X provided all the tools for Leonardo Dalessandri to produce a spectacular and inspirational piece of work. Music:  Ludovico Einaudi – Experience.

fr:‘Le Mirador de la Turquie ‘ : Nommé  comme la Meilleure Vidéo de 2014 sur Vimeo, la Finale Cut Pro X a fourni tous les outils à Leonardo Dalessandri, le réalisateur, pour produire un travail spectaculaire et inspirant.

3.  “A Letter To The SkyIranian  Short Film: A boy named “Mahdi” lost his firefighter father who saved a little girl from a deadly fire. Out of missing his father, Mahdi decides to write him a letter and send it to the sky (heaven) with two helium balloons. A stranger receives the letter accidentally, reads it and decides to reply on behalf of Mahdi’s father to end Mahdi’s confusion and grief.

fr: Un garçon nommé “Mahdi” a perdu son père de pompier qui a sauvé la vie d’une petite fille pendant un  incendie mortel. Du manque de son père,  Mahdi décide de lui écrire une lettre en l’envoyant au ciel accrochée sur  deux ballons d’hélium. Un étranger reçoit la lettre accidentellement, la lit et décide donc de répondre en se faisant passer pour le père de Mahdi pour mettre fin à  la confusion et le chagrin que Mahdi subit.

4.  “Ecce Hommos”Comedy (2009): Lebanon/Liban: Full of enthusiasm and hope, a young Lebanese filmmaker, script in hand, knocks on the door of an « international » producer to pitch his film project. Written & Directed by Claude El Khal. Produced by Zoe Productions.
fr: Ecce Hommos, un court-métrage très amusant de Claude El Khal.  Le sujet traite des Clichés sur le Liban, l’humour est présent et très bien représenté. Ecrit et dirigé par Claude El Khal.

5. “Les feuilles mortes (Dead Leaves)”Court Métrage,Maroc/ Franceun court-métrage consacré aux attentats du 13 novembre ayant sévi en France.

fr: Short film talking aboutthe Paris terror attacks which left 129 people dead.

6. “Ambargo | Embargo – Short Video of Cyprus”-(Video – Mahmut Ersin Altan) : The video Embargo, is related with the problems in Cyprus, which are not visible, have been forgotten or became the reality. Except the real conflicts, these small problems have been accepted by the community without deserving them.

fr:/ La vidéo titrée Embargo, nous raconte des problèmes quotidiens à Chypre, qui ne sont pas visibles qui ont été oubliés ou sont devenus desormais la réalité. En étant  exclus des autres conflits réels, ces petits problèmes ont été acceptés par la communauté sans les mériter et surtout les jeunes.

7. “Le dernier passager- The Last Passenger”: (Algérie-Algeria) by Mounes Khammar

A young jumps from a cliff. Before leaving forever, his soul pays a visit to his two impossible loves: a woman, and the stage of a concert hall

fr:/ Un jeune homme saute dans le vide, avant de disparaitre à jamais, son âme rend une dernière visite à ses deux amours impossibles : une femme et une scène de concert.

8. «STOLEN dreams/ Lesves volés» – short film- Palestine

This is a story of a Palestinian child who lost his mother as well as his country and childhood… Will he be able to keep his dreams?

fr:/Ceci est une histoire d’un enfant palestinien qui a perdu sa mère aussi bien que son pays et son enfance à jamais… Pourra-t-il garder ses rêves?

  • 10. “The other pair/L’autre aire” Directed by / Réalisateur: ٍSarah Rozik. (Egypte/ Egypt)

Egyptian short film (just over 4 minutes) that won an award at the Luxor Film Festival

.A  video that talks about sharing, reciprocity and recalls an episode from the life of Gandhi: getting on a train, he lost a shoe on the tracks. He tried to take it when the train was about to leave, but it was impossible. Then he took off the other shoe and threw it next to each other. Someone, astonished, asked him why he had done it. So Gandhi replied, smiling: “A poor man who finds one shoe would not know what to do with it

fr:/Gagnant d’un festival du court_métrage en Egypte (2014), un court-métrage qui a été inspiré par la vie de Gandhi. Un jour, Gandhi était à bord d’un train avec un certain nombre de disciples et de compagnons quand il perd une chaussure qui disparaît entre les wagons. Incapable de la récupérer, il enlève l’autre chaussure et la jette vers la première. Pour répondre à la perplexité de ses compagnons de voyage, Ghandi explique qu’il serait plus profitable pour une pauvre personne de trouver une paire de chaussure que d’en trouver une seule.