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One of my favourite Turkish painter

One of my favourite Turkish painters: Oktay Bozkurt

Hi followers,

This is just to have a sample of what you’re going to read in the next posts…
I’m writing from Istanbul right now, I’m on the terrace of my hotel looking the Blue Mosque in front of me. Unfortunately this great trip is coming to an end, and these are my last hours here, because tomorrow I’ll fly away, but I’m really happy because I’ve met wonderful people and visited fantastic places, and I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with you all soon. I guarantee it will be very interesting because I’ve a lot of material to show you and many stories to tell you, especially about some of the most interesting personalities of the Istanbul‘s artistic and cultural life. I’ve met painters, ceramicists, rug dealers, collectors, travelers, and everyone has a story or more that will fascinating you, I’m sure. Maybe you’re asking yourself why I’d like to talk so much about art and culture right now. Well, first of all because many people doesn’t know how rich is the turkish culture and how fine are their artistic works. Then, obviously, because Istanbul is going to be the Capital of Culture in 2010 so, let’s make sure we’re ready for that!

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Today I’d like to suggest you a quick look at the city of Istanbul with this brief video. I’s a good travel guide through some of the most beautiful attractions in Istanbul, providing you with a dive into the history of Haghia Sophia, built as a Byzantine cathedral and then converted in a Mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453;
a visit into the majestic Sultanhamet Mosque, one of the Istanbul’s finest structures also known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior;
and a walk in the Hippodrome area, the center of the social life during the Byzantine period: built following the model of the Circus Maximus in Rome, the Hippodrome had a capacity to accommodate more than 100,000 spectators, so the most important sporting events were held right here!

It’s just a first taste of Istanbul, and there are lots of other fabulous places to see, so enjoy the video and see you at the next post! ­čÖé

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