Found project: Topkapi Palace


    Project : Topkapi Palace

    Language variant : Topkapı Sarayı

    Architect : Mehmed II (The Conqueror) (commissioner)

    Completion: 1465

    Locality : Istanbul

    Country : Turkey

    Building style : Ottoman architecture

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    Description :

    “In an essay entitled “On the city walls of Istanbul” Yahya Kemal recounts how he and his students boarded the tramway at Topkapı and walked “from the Maramara to the Golden Horn along the walls whose towers and crenellations spread as far as the eye could see” and paused to rest on “great lumps of fallen wall”. To prove that this was a Turkish city, these two writers [Yahya Kemal and Tanpınar] knew that it was not enough to describe the skyline so beloved of Western tourists and writers, or the shadows cast by its mosques and churches. Dominated as it was by Haghia Sophia, the skyline noted by every Western observer from Lamartine to le Corbusier could not serve as “national image” for Turkish Istanbul – this sort of beauty was too cosmopolitan. Nationalist Istanbullus like Yahya Kemal and Tanpınar preferred to look to the poor, defeated and deprived Muslim population to prove that they mournful beauty expressing the feelings of loss and defeat. This is why they went out on walks to poor neighborhoods in search of beautiful sights that endowed the city’s dwellers with the hüzün of the ruined past…”

    Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul: Memories of a City, translated by Maureen Freely, Faber and Faber, London, 2005, pp. 226-227.

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen



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