"The edge of Europe..." Istanbul by Yiannis2000

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Istanbul is a European city, not only because it's located at the edge of Europe, but also because Peran and Bosporus are still echoing the city's cosmopolitan past...
Istanbul is European even if it elected a Major from the Islamic party, the same man that won the recent elections.
The 20th century contributed in European History with the idea of ethnic cleansing... starting from Ottoman Anatolia and ending with ex-Yugoslavia... Before that Greeks and Jews, Armenians and Slavs, interacted with the ruling Ottoman Turks in a vibrant way just here, at Bosporus...
Turkey is European, too. It is not a matter of Geography, but also of politics. She has to pass several tests still, when it comes to the state's dealing with human rights, the role of the Armed Forces in politics and also the relationship between secular state and religion..
Turkey's relationship to "our" Europe is a cultural matter as well. The European Union is still a bureaucratic organisation of the wealthy Europe, but it has to expand and engulf, support, promote the desires of all European peoples from Eastern and South East Europe.... Turkey gives Europe a nice chance to remember again that cultural borders are not an obstacle, they are mainly a creative force.
I am happy and feel honoured that I live so near to this imaginary "border" , I cross it as often as I can...

Above, just a photo from the most reknown Greek monument in Istanbul, the church of Aghia Sophia.

Check the official tourist guide for Istanbul:
http://english.istanbul.com/?Vst=2

A guardian of 17 centuries' tradition...

One of the last Greeks guarding the Orthodox Patriarchs' Graves...
I can't describe the magic of this city...

As a Greek, I am familiar with Istanbul's byzantine past, but today's city has so much more to offer!
More soon!

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  • Last visit to Istanbul: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 22, 2007
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  • neodue's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2007 at 12:38 AM

    Dear Yiannis, you are always welcome to your and your grand parents motherland.We want more photos and comments about Turkey.Where did you find from thet turkish tip about Phanar Patriachate?

  • Aggeliki's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Ksana sta agapimena meri pigate? Pos perasate???

  • voyageur2's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2006 at 12:52 PM

    Ethnic cleansing is always a familiar thing for Europeans starting from Crusaders to colonial invaders including forces majeures in the beginnig of 20th century. Anyway those lands defended itself with its unique values of honour and belief.

  • marsistanbul's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 11:31 AM

    . The frescos always open to the public view.St.Sophia..it isn't a Greek monument,it's belong to Byzantine period.

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 5:08 AM

    ti na pei kaneis perissotero - great site - thanks for your birthday wishes -T-

  • 1poke's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2004 at 1:09 AM

    hi yiannis, ý have never been in greece yet. but ý will. also ý like the way of description of turkey. ý hope to meet w/ u when ý come to greece one day.

  • chauncenetta's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2004 at 5:11 AM

    Hagia Sophia is spectacularly beautiful.

  • Dec 30, 2003 at 12:54 AM

    Merhaba,I guess you shall be surprised when you take a look at my istanbul pages...happy new year dear friend...

  • Mar 29, 2003 at 1:28 PM

    Istanbul has marvellous orthodox churchs.. Aya Triyada's breathtakin beautiful. Istanbul is the city, Istanbul is the dream.. 8) I love her! <8)

  • goga4444's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2003 at 4:00 AM

    Tell me more ... I want to compere impresions ...
    Take care

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