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Istanbul walk near Süleyman Mosque

Istanbul walk near Süleyman Mosque

I hope some streets like this one will survice the onslaught of modern building. Luckily some old houses are being saved for posterity by - for instance - Istanbul University - that is restoring them. I have the feeling that there is some private initiative also at work. On the other hand, whole neighborhoods are being torn down. Go and take your pictures while you can.

Bay windows on the first floor (and eventually on higher floors too) are common in 19th century civil architecture in Anatolia. In all medium size and larger homes, the ground floor was organised as a ‘service area’ (depots, kitchen, residence of the staff, etc.). The ‘harem’ (= private living area for the owner’s family), as well as the ‘Selamlık’ (reception room where male visitors were received) were located at the upper floors, beginning with the first floor.

The main room of the ‘harem’, where the women of the household spend most of their free time, was generally located at the street side of the house, and often had such bay windows. These windows were (almost always) equipped with wooden grills: the women could easily keep an eye on what was going on in the street, without being seen by (male) passers-by. So, the ‘harem’ – a closed and sacred area, when observed from the outside – appears to have had eyes that observed the outer world (and did so without his knowledge).

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Anadolu Mirasında Türk Evleri’ (T.C. Kültür Bakanlığı) 1995.


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skhin07-Feb-2010 10:10
I love the architecture here!
Dick Osseman04-Dec-2007 13:52
I must be vague, it's been a while. It's somewhere to the West, and slightly downslope (say North-West, more westernly than North if I remember correctly).

Further to the West along the ridge you can run into some more. Then go North: more.
Franco 04-Dec-2007 09:23
Dick
could you pls. be more precise where (near Suleyman) to find those fantastic old buildings?
Thanks and regards!
Franco
touhami 20-Dec-2006 12:18
I love this picure Dick!