Old faces (2)

faces on base of Obelisk of Theodosius 1000x482These faces (only 1600 years old) are on the pedestal of the Obelisk of Theodosius, so named because Roman Emperor Theodosius I (re)moved it from Egypt in the late 4th century, and placed it in the Hippodrome. The obelisk itself originates from the Temple of Karnak, 15th century BCE, and is also referred to as the Obelisk of Thutmose III. The obelisk is in much better condition than the pedestal, in spite of being 3500 years old.

Obelisk of Theodosius (Karnak) (2) detail  500x355

Noisy birds

These birds were making a racket at dusk in Gülhane Park. The culprit is the Küçük Karga which translates as “little crow.” Also known as the Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula), it is indeed a member of the crow family, and has a wide range distribution.

Mihrimah Sultan Camii (2)

Mihramah Sultan Camii (Edirnekapı) dome 1000x750

The Mihrimah Sultan mosque in Edirnekapı (in the Fatih district) is one of two mosques built for the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificent. The other is in Üsküdar, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Both mosques were designed by Mimar Sinan, the master Ottoman architect. Note the large number of windows in this mosque. Read more in this earlier post. The exterior looks like this.

One of the interior windows looks like this:Mihramah Sultan Camii (Edirnekapı) window 300x508

Fatih Mosque

interior Fatih Camii 1000x750

This is the interior of the Fatih Camii. Constructed in the 1460s under Sultan Fatih Mehmet (the Conqueror), it was built on the highest hill of what was Istanbul at the time. It was built over the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles (built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century), which eventually was plundered during the Crusades. Constantine intended this church to house relics of each of the twelve apostles, as well as his own tomb, but I digress. The crumbling church had been abandoned by the time it was razed for the construction of the mosque. The mosque’s complex (kulliye) included tombs, schools, a hospital, a kitchen for feeding the poor, a library, a hospice, a hamam, and a market. Here’s where it is in Istanbul. Here’s the exterior.