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Eğri Kapı or Crooked Gate

The Eğri Kapı or Crooked Gate is a gate (a bit south of Tekfur Saray) where the exiting road must slalom around a türbe almost in front ofg the gate. It is supposed to be the tomb of “Hazret Hafız, a companion of the Prophet, who, according to tradition, was killed on this spot during the first Arab assault on the city. Several sainted Arab heroes of that campaign are buried in the vicinity, all having been violently dispatched to paradise by the defenders on the walls of Byzantium. The burial place of Hazret Hafız was only “discovered” in the eighteenth century by the Chief Eunuch Beşir Ağa, who thereupon built this türbe, thus blocking the road.” I quote from Strolling through Istanbul, if you find the text ironic, it is an irony I share completely.
I took some pictures of a man with a dönme dolabı, a movable merry-go-round that I add here, him being so close to the gate. He pushed it downhill and children were waiting expectantly to have a ride. I took pictures of some of those kids.
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