Region:  Transcontinental country,
located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia
and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe.
Area Total: 783,562 km2
Coast Line: Black Sea, The Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea
Capital: ANKARA 
Gölyazi, Bursa
Gemlik, Bursa
Lake Iznik, Bursa
Hagia Sofia, Iznik, Bursa
Iznik Museum
Iznik Museum
Iznik tiles
Iznik became a major center with the creation of a local faïence pottery-making industry during the Ottoman period in the 17th century
(known as the Iznik Çini, Çin meaning China in – Chinese porcelain stood in great favour with the Sultans.)
Iznik tiles were used to decorate many of the mosques.
Relaxing village woman, Bursa
Iskender Kebab, Bursa
Iskender kebab is one of the most famous meat foods of Bursa and takes its name from its inventor, Iskender Efendi, who lived in Bursa in the late 19th century.
It is a kind of döner kebab prepared from thinly cut grilled lamb basted with hot tomato sauce over pieces of pita bread and generously slathered with melted sheep butter and yoghurt.
Hacivat and Karagöz
Hacivat and Karagöz
Karagöz (meaning blackeye in Turkish) and Hacivat ( shortened in time from “Hacı İvaz” meaning “İvaz the Pilgrim”, and also sometimes written as Hacivad) are the lead characters of the traditional Turkish shadow play, popularized during the Ottoman period. The central theme of the plays are the contrasting interaction between the two main characters. They are perfect foils of each other: Karagöz represents the illiterate but straightforward public, whereas Hacivat belongs to the educated class, speaking Ottoman Turkish and using a poetical and literary language.
According to one Turkish legend, the first performance of karagöz occurred when a lowly commoner visited the sultan. Rather than simply making a complaint, as most commoners did, he put on a short puppet show to tell a tale about the sultan’s corrupt officials. The myth states that the sultan was delighted by the performance so much that he appointed the puppeteer as his Grand Vizier and punished the corrupt officials that had inspired the puppeteer’s tale.Another story is that the two main characters, Karagöz and Hacivat (alternatively spelled as Hacivad) were actual people. These two legendarily clownish individuals were construction workers on a mosque in Bursa sometime in the mid-1300s. Their silly antics distracted the other workers, slowing down the construction, and the ruler at the time ordered their execution. They were so sorely missed that they were immortalized as the silly puppets that entertained the Ottoman Empire for centuries
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart, though not its capital. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world’s busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in European part, while a third of its population lives in Asian part of the city.
Golden Horn view from Pierre Loti Hill.
Golden Horn
Golden Horn
Boat restaurants serving fish meat on the Golden Horn
Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn, with Eminönü in the background.
Rumelihisarı as seen from the Bosphorus strait.
Rumelihisarı (Rumelian Castle) is a fortress located in the Sariyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus.
It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
Yali residences along the Bosphorus are now homes in some of Istanbul’s elite neighbourhoods.
Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul
Sultans lodge, Hagia Sophia.
Details of the column, Hagia Sophia
Mosaics of Hagia Sophia
Mosaics of Hagia Sophia
Mosaics of Hagia Sophia
Mosaics of Hagia Sophia
Mosaics of Hagia Sophia
This marble vase was during the reign of Murad III. (1574-1595) from Bergama (Pergamon) brought to Istanbul.
An original of the Hellenistic period. Made from a single block of marble .. Seen in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Topkapi Palace
The Imperial Harem (Turkish, Harem-i Hümâyûn) of the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923) was one of the most important elements of the Ottoman court. It was known in the West as “the Seraglio”, an Italian term.
The Imperial Harem occupied one of the large sections of the private apartments of the sultan at the Topkapi Palace which encompassed more than 400 rooms. After 1853, an equally lavish harem quarter was occupied at the new imperial palace at Dolmabahçe.
The Courtyard of the Favourites in the harem of  Topkapı Palace.
The apartments of the princes, also called “kafes” (cage), were part of the imperial Ottoman harem.
Faience tiles and walls of the harem.
6.pavilion Pavilion of Murat III, Sultan of the Ottomans 1574-1595, in the harem, Topkapi Palace
Domed ceiling of Harem. Sultan Murad III’s  private chamber built by Mimar Sinan  in 1578.
Harem paintings
Harem paintings
Harem paintings
Harem paintings
Harem paintings
Beautiful rooms of Harem
Mosaics on the walls of Harem
Pavilion, Topkapi Palace
The main Imperial Gate (Bab-i-Humayun) Topkapi Palace
Fountain, Topkapi Palace
Presentation room, Topkapi Palace
Breakfast Pavilion of the Sultans
View from Topkapi Palace
Imperial Gate, Hagia Sophia
Marble door, Hagia Sophia
Wishing column, Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia from above

قصه جامع ” اولو داغ ” في مدينة بورصة

قصه جامع ” اولو داغ ” في مدينة بورصة:
عندما أرادت السلطة العثمانية بناء هذا الجامع في هذا الموقع في المدينة ابتاعت عددا من الدور والبيوت من أصحابها وعوضتهم ، بغية هدمها وتشييد الجامع مكانها ..
إلا أن احد أصحاب البيوت .. وكان نصرانيا رفض أن يبيع منزله خاصة بعد أن علم أن جامعا سيشيد على أرض منزله ..
واستمرت جهود المشرفين على إقناعه إلا أنه أصر على رأيه ولم يعدل عنه..
وبعد مفاوضات وإغراءات وافق على بيع داره بمبلغ كبير لكنه أشترط األاتقام الصلاة على المساحة المشيد عليها منزله !
فرفع المشرفون هذا الشرط للسلطنة فجاء الرد بعد استشارة المفتي :
” ان هذا الشرط مقبول وينبغي احترامه عند بناء الجامع “
ورغم صعوبة الشرط كون منزل النصراني يقع في وسط حرم الجامع حسب ما مخطط له ، إلا أنهم اهتدوا لطريقة ذكية لتنفيذ ذلك ، فقام المهندسون والمشرفون ببناء حوض الوضوء ، في موقع دار المسيحي ، وبالتالي يتعذر على المسلمين الصلاة فيه ، خاصة بعد أن تم تسييجه ، وبالتالي تم تنفيذ الاتفاق وعدم الخروج عليه.
فانظر إلى عدالة وتسامح الدولة العثمانية مع رعاياها .. حتى إن مواطنا بسيطا وهو على غير دين الدولة الرسمي وعلى غير دين سلطان عظيم وحاكم يهابه الملوك والأمراء .. فرض شروطه على الدولة ، ولم يجبره احد على التخلي عن منزله بالقوة .. وان كان لأجل المصلحة العامة.