|The fog in the old town in Mardin.|
|Entrance of the Sabancı City Museum in Mardin.|
|Abidin Dino's ID card in the Sabancı Museum in Mardin, notice his birth |
date on the bottom right according to Islamic calendar, 1911 in Roman.
|A tailor store in Mardin.|
|Above some doors there are ceramic plates and Arabic scripts in Mardin.|
|When I first saw him, he was gallopping but after getting the sack, |
he carried it on his shoulder and not on the horse.
Another common thing is how ready people are to talk to new faces and ask them where they are from. When you say you are from Istanbul, they immediately ask whether you know their relatives in Istanbul. It is hard to explain that there are thirteen million people in Istanbul. You hardly know your neighbors.
|Emir Turkish bath in Mardin in dense fog.|
|Entrance of the Abdullatif Mosque in Mardin.|
|The hardly visible minarette of the Abdullatif mosque in Mardin.|
|The Abdüllatif mosque in Mardin is built in Artquid style.|
|Typical architecture and fine example of masonry in Mardin.|
|Camlı Köşk Kıraathanesi in Mardin.|
|Notice the pigeon figures in the masonry in Mardin.|
|The entrance of Artuklu Kervansaray Hotel in Mardin.|
Another thing the museum brought to my attention was the prevalence of pigeon figures in Mardin’s architecture. Given its religious significance in three religions, all of which had adherents in Mardin, this is probably to be expected. While pigeons were the first bird to be domesticated by human kind, in this part of Turkey, pigeon rearing is very popular and Mardin has its famous “somersaulting pigeons” or tumbler pigeons. According to the Anadolu Jet Magazine, all families in the town breed pigeons and what makes these somersaulting pigeons special is their flying style, the sound of their flapping wings and the games they play when doing loops and dives. In fact, pigeon breeding is a true obsession for men in Turkey to the extent that there are pigeon festivals where beauty queens and kings of pigeons are selected and breeders come together in search of a male or female for their loved ones:-). There are also pigeon auctions. I know all this because of my close friend and artist Zeren Göktan shot a video about pigeon breeders in Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan. She explored the passion men (no female breeders) have for these birds . You should also take a look at some videos pigeon owners have shot like this one. When I got out of the museum, I looked in the sky to see some myself but the fog wouldn’t allow me to see anything.
|Notice the male population in the pigeon festival in Bursa and the |
saw dust in the cages to avoid slippage.
|Jury on duty at the pigeon festival in Bursa.|
|A staple of Mardin cuisine: sembusek.|
|The Mardin bread with the whole in it is called Keh in Arabic.|
|Cercis Murat Konağı restaurant in Mardin, great food.|