Thursday, May 23, 2013
Whimsical Windows and Delirious Doors
I'm posting over here this week!
November 2010 - Istanbul Turkey
A rainy morning at the BeylerbeyiPalace on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus which was settled in Byzantine times. According to the famous 18 th century traveler Inciciyan, Constantine the Great erected a cross here, after which the area was known as the Istavroz Gardens. Under the Ottomans this area was an imperial park or hasbahçe. Inciciyan relates that the name Beylerbeyi was given to this area in the 16 th century because Mehmet Pasa who held the title of beylerbeyi (governor general) built a country house on the site.