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1.       tunci
7149 posts
 06 Oct 2011 Thu 04:13 am

Syriac Christians to get first church in Istanbul

Vercihan Ziflioğlu

 

Turkey’s Syriac Christian community has secured approval from officials for the construction of its first church. The church, planned to be constructed in the Yeşilköy neighborhood, is expected to host 17,000 Syriacs who live in Istanbul
Prominent Syriac community leader, Kenan Altınışık (C) says the construction is set to begin as soon as suitable lands for the new church building are allotted.
Prominent Syriac community leader, Kenan Altınışık (C) says the construction is set to begin as soon as suitable lands for the new church building are allotted.

After years of tussling and hairsplitting, Turkey’s Syriac Christian community has secured approval from both the prime minister and the president for the construction of its first church in the Yeşilköy neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul.

“Half of our community lives in and around Yeşilköy. We rent churches for Sunday rites, but we can only start morning mass at 11:30, whereas we are supposed to finish our Sunday rites before 10:30 in accordance with our tradition,” Kenan Altınışık, a prominent Syriac community leader, told the Hürriyet Daily News via e-mail.

The church site will be allocated to the ancient community by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, while construction expenses will be paid for by the Syriacs. An official from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Hürriyet Daily News that they are searching for a suitable location for the new church.

The church architecture is planned to bear traces of the Syriac’s thousands-of-years-old culture, while the construction is set to begin as soon as suitable lands are allotted.

Community representatives held a series of talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Abdullah Gül and EU Minister Egemen Bağış regarding their problems concerning the new church, including the allocation of land for its construction, Altınışık said.

“Afterward, we also met with the head of the Istanbul Metropolitan Construction Affairs Committee upon a directive issued by the Istanbul metropolitan mayor,” he said, adding they have no communication problems.

“We presented several files to the head of the construction affairs committee and he offered a few places, but they were not suitable for us,” said Altınışık, a businessman and head of the Syriac community’s Foundation for the Church of Mother Mary, which is located in the Tarlabaşı neighborhood in central Istanbul.

The community holds the title deed to the Church of Mother Mary and the metropolitan center that houses it, Altınışık said, adding that about 17,000 Syriacs live in Istanbul with scant numbers still living in the southeast as well.

A metropolitan center acts as a higher institution for an orthodox church. Many of Turkey’s Syriacs migrated to Europe during the mid-1980s, when there was political turmoil in the southeast



Edited (9/4/2014) by tunci

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2.       tunci
7149 posts
 06 Oct 2011 Thu 04:17 am

 

Historic church to become museum

3.       tunci
7149 posts
 06 Oct 2011 Thu 04:24 am

 

Turk writer’s book to become a movie

4.       tunci
7149 posts
 06 Oct 2011 Thu 04:28 am

 

Ceylan film rakes in close to 250,000 Liras over the weekend

5.       tunci
7149 posts
 09 Oct 2011 Sun 05:53 pm

 

 
 

Reunited with other half, Heracles statute goes on display

09 October 2011, Sunday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,

The famous weary Heracles statue, whose upper half had been on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) since 1982 and was only recently returned to Turkey, was unveiled on Sunday as part of a new exhibit after the reunification of the two parts in Antalya

 

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay on Sunday unveiled the famous weary Heracles statue, whose upper half had been on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) since 1982 and was only recently returned to Turkey, as part of a new exhibit after the reunification of the two parts in Antalya. 
 

Last month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in the US for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, decided to bring the $1.5 million statue back to the country on the government´s plane instead of allowing it to travel on a regular flight. Erdoğan had stated, “This is a very valuable piece and it should be carried by our plane.”

The statue traveled all the way from Boston to be reunited with its bottom half, which has been waiting at the Antalya Museum in Antalya, a famous city in southern Turkey known as a favorite holiday destination for many domestic and international tourists.

The two parts of the statute were reunited by experts and went on display at the Antalya Museum following a ceremony. Speaking during the ceremony, Günay said, “Today was a special day for all people who attach importance to history and archeology.”

The lower half of the statue was found by Professor Jale İnan during excavations near Perge, Antalya, in 1980. İnan searched extensively for the upper half of the statue, a feat that took 10 years, until she was finally able to locate it in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1990 at the age of 76.

 

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6.       lemon
1374 posts
 13 Oct 2011 Thu 09:10 am

statute or statue {#emotions_dlg.doh}

7.       tunci
7149 posts
 13 Oct 2011 Thu 11:05 am

 

Quoting lemon

statute or statue {#emotions_dlg.doh}

 

 That should be statue...you are right...Smile

8.       tunci
7149 posts
 29 Oct 2011 Sat 12:19 pm

 

Quake cracks dome of ancient Armenian church in Van

28 October 2011, Friday / ASLIHAN AYDIN, ANKARA

                                             (Photo: AA)

The 10th-century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar (Ahtamar) Island in Lake Van has a crack in its dome because of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the province of Van on Sunday.
 

Officials said their initial observations show that there is no other serious damage to the church but they are waiting for the aftershocks to end before evaluating the whole structure of the church.

The Armenian Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross occupies a special place in medieval Armenian art and architecture. In September 2010, 95 years after religious services ended, the church was reopened as a museum and operated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Religious service is allowed only once a year at the church.

Meanwhile, officials said that buildings belonging to charitable foundations in Van were not harmed by the quake. Among them is the 450-year-old Hüsrev Paşa Medresesi.

However, the minarets of the Hüsrev Paşa Mosque and the Kaya Çelebi Mosque have visible cracks.

 

 

 

 

9.       tunci
7149 posts
 02 Nov 2011 Wed 12:52 am

 

Exhibition reveals ancient heritage of Sagalassos

 

Brussels’ ancient city Tongeren is hosting an exhibition from Turkey. Artifacts unearthed during the excavation in Burdur have become an ancient heritage exhibition titled ‘Sagalassos: City of Dreams’ The exhibition, which will last until June 2012, focuses on the ancient life at Sagalassos and the also the heritage of the area

The Sagalassos excavations can continue for 500 years because there are many thing to discover, according to Waelkens, the archeaologist. AA photo

The Sagalassos excavations can continue for 500 years because there are many thing to discover, according to Waelkens, the archeaologist. AA photo

 

Artifacts unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Sagalassos in Turkey’s southern province of Burdur’s Ağlasun district, are on exhibition at the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, the oldest city in Belgium.

There are 238 works in the exhibition.

The exhibition, titled “Sagalassos: City of Dreams,” will continue until June 17.

There are very valuable pieces in the exhibition, such as sculptures of Emperor Hadrian and Emperor Marcus Aurelieus.

Speaking to Anatolia News Agency, Marc Waelkens, who first started the archaeology excavation at Sagalassos in 1990, said Turkey was one of the richest countries in the world in terms of valuable archaeological heritage. Other countries cannot compete with Turkey in terms of this heritage, according to Waelkens.

Sagalassos excavation works used different disciplines and reveal every detail of the ancient world, said Waelkens. The team has gone beyond the classical archaeological excavation works and benefited from many different sciences, he said, noting that as a result it has revealed 10,000 years of heritage and people who lived there in the ancient era.

The excavations will enlighten stories about the ancient times, Waelkens said.

“We can write a film scenario from the histories that we have discovered in Sagalassos,” he said, adding that they are also ready to share all the information with everyone.

Waelkens said they did not do any DNA testing of remains to discover the era and origin of the people. “This discovery is only for revealing the relation between people,” said Waelkens, noting that they did not do any research to reveal the heritage of the people who lived at Sagalassos.

Waelkens also said: “When I was 6 I read a comic book about Troy and decided to do excavations in Turkey.”

“In 1996, I came to Turkey when I was 19 and I loved Turkey,” said Waelkens, adding that he participated in excavations in Turkey.

During the last 42 years, Waelkens said, Turkey has gone through many changes in terms of excavations and archaeology. “The only thing that did not change is the hospitality of Turkey,” he added. Waelkens also said he expected the future of Turkey in terms of archaeology will be great. “Turkey is a bridge between East and West and it will carry this to future generations,” he added. Turkey, according to Walkens, is the super power of the East Mediterranean region.

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The Sagalassos excavations can continue for 500 years because there are many thing to discover, according to Waelkens.

Speaking during the opening of the exhibition, Culture and Museum Managing Director Osman Murat Süslü said there were still 150 excavations continuing in Turkey. Süslü said they had taken measures to prevent smuggling of artifacts.

The exhibition in Brussels is an important one, as it also shows the heritage to Turkish people living in the country, said Süslü, adding that the exhibition will also contribute to the presentation of Turkey.

The exhibition was prepared by opera director Guy Joosten.

The exhibition includes scripts, sculptures, a frieze of dancing girls, oil lamps, rings, pots, women’s portraits and eye drop bottles.

Burdur has more than 25 ancient cities, and it is very important to promote the area around the world. Researchers have also uncovered traces of Ottoman settlements in Sagalassos in recent excavations. The findings have revealed that the ancient city was abandoned after the 13th century.

During the excavations near the upper part of the old Ağlasun-Isparta highway, ceramics and metal tools from the Ottoman period were found.

These findings show that a settlement existed at Sagalassos in the Ottoman period and continued until the 18th century, experts said, adding that this showed a new dimension to the ancient city

 

 

10.       tunci
7149 posts
 02 Nov 2011 Wed 12:57 am

 

Kaş prepares for Irish films

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