Thursday, March 22, 2007

Secretive Church

I was walking at Beyoglu, saw this church under the sunshine
It brighten up my day....
Wanted to learn the name and the history, but they were so secretive.
Also, it was closed.
So, I had to live with the picture only...
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15 comments:

Chris & Deb said...

Interesting that a church would be so securely sealed from the public-apparently during the middle of the day! Is this common, or is there something special about this church?

Oya said...

99% of the population is muslim here. Maybe they do not have visitors, or maybe they are opening some certain days and hours. I even could not get that information. Next time I will ask the neghboors there.

photowannabe said...

Nice framing with light and shadows. Its a pretty and mystical picture.

angela said...

The surroundings make it look even more mysterious.
Perhaps the Church was closed for lunch though in Nice many of the Churches aren't open all day just during certain hours. There's always a fear of vandalism and theft.
Angela

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I hear Turkey is the most secular and liberal Muslim country in the world. So I'm not surprised there is a church there.

dijah said...

this is a ncie picture.Love the way the sunshine falls on the building while the rest of the buildings look like shadows

Ben said...

very nice sight, Oya.
Thank you for sharing.

Nathalie said...

I've seen many villages in the south of France too, where the church access is through tiny narrow streets. I love the bright bell tower against the dark side walls of the street. Very good framing and balance of contrasts here.

Nathalie said...

99 percent muslims in this village? It must feel strange to be a Christian then. Are they well accepted ?

Oya said...

Nathalie, 99 % of Turkish population is muslim. This church is in Taksim , the most crowded and colorful part of our big city Istanbul. Being Christian is not a problem at all. We are living all together here for hundreds of years :)

Dion.M. said...

@Oya said...
"Being Christian is not a problem at all. We are living all together here for hundreds of years"
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It is wonderful Oya!
But... Are you sure?
Have you known what happened in 1955 in Istanbul?

Have you read the Turkish Nobelist author Orhan Pamouk?

Oya said...

Hi Dion M. I do not know what happened in 1955. My point is, I have Christian, Jewish friends and they are as much as happy as I am. I do read Orhan Pamuk.

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No need to fear the truth said...

The charges against Orhan Pamuk are an illustration of one of the reasons most Europeans do not want Turkey allowed into the EU. No freedom of speech.

Wikipedia: In June 2005, Turkey introduced a new penal code including Article 301, which states: "A person who, being a Turk, explicitly insults the Republic or Turkish Grand National Assembly, shall be imposed to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months to three years." Pamuk was RETROACTIVELY charged with violating this law in the interview he had given four months earlier. In October, after the prosecution had begun, Pamuk reiterated his views in a speech given during an award ceremony in Germany: "I repeat, I said loud and clear that one million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds were killed in Turkey."[8]

Oya said...

no need to fear the truth, who does not leave his name and e mail address; the charges against Orhan Pamuk were dismissed. Obviously, there is freedom of speach in Turkey. Also, there must be, because you can write in my web site , without leaving your details. It is a free country, my friend.