Anatolia Culture Blog

Prologue III

Prologue III

What relieves human beings after all turmoil? Either ecstatic laughter of sea gulls, or strokes of hammers into copper pieces firmly. Just eyes see crowded bazaars, a craftsman just makes the first sale of the day, pathways are just paced without tiring, and then human misses the peace.

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A Delicate Atelier in Fatih

A Delicate Atelier in Fatih

Gıyasettin Gelir, who is the master of the precision casting sculpture, has professed this job for 25 years. He makes a mould by using wax and rubber materials and then he produces empty sculptures and tools by pouring mines such as gold, silver and bronze into the mould. He offers sensitive products such as sculptures, sensitive door handles, parts of teapot to other workshops and stores together with his six employees working in his veteran workshop in Fatih, İstanbul. The secret of Gıyasettin Gelir, the Master of wax casting, is hidden in the grace of his craft.

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Mystical Side of Istanbul

Mystical Side of Istanbul

There are a lot of mystical places in İstanbul. One of the well-known among them is “Joshua’s Hill” (Yuşa), the highest hill and the closest one to the sea in the city. Joshua’s Hill has a special location with its spiritual atmosphere as well as its fascinating view. The holiness of the hill is based on “Lord Ourios of Good Winds”, because there is a temple on the hill, which was built in the name of “Lord Ourios of Good Winds” at the ancient times.

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Serpent Column and Oracle of Delphi

Serpent Column and Oracle of Delphi

The next time you go to Sultanahmet square, try to remember that you will be standing over an ancient hippodrome, and the famous Serpent Column that Pythia used to sit on it and communicate with Apollo is right next to you!..

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A Small City Called Eğin – I

A Small City Called Eğin – I

In the first half of the 19th century, when he was still a very young army officer at that time, Helmuth Von Moltke, being legendary commander of the Germans and working as a trainer in the Ottoman army, said “The most beautiful place I’ve seen in Asia” for Kemaliye on his memories in Turkey (Letters from Turkey) penned by him. This statement is perhaps one of the most accurate definition to be able to describe the beauty of this place.

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From Thousand-Year Hands

From Thousand-Year Hands

On Giresun where is The hometown of kemancha, And touches the earlock of the love A couple of drops join Into the flood of Görele.

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Saddler Abdullah Usta

Saddler Abdullah Usta

We are passing through authentic mosques remained from Aydınids (or Aydınid dynasty) in Tire district of İzmir. We are looking over stone houses while we are breathing smell of saddle inside the historical bazaar. We visit Abdullah Usta whose shop is placed on the left side when moving to Paşa Mosque. He started his own craft, which was inherited from his father, in 1962. We are speaking a 54-year saddler Usta.

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Iron Craftsman

Iron Craftsman

Forging is such a charming craft that it can notify the guest only with the sound of the knob. Which best news was announced by the eternal love of walnut door and iron knob in these vast lands of Anatolia, who knows? Whenever the door was knocked, who asks which people were excited or which ones became anxious? For centuries, the sound of the knob has echoed in the stone sidewalks of Safranbolu. Such that, these sounds are the masterpiece of the veteran Usta.

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