I am listening to İstanbul, intent, my eyes closed.

Orhan Veli Kanık
BEAUTY,  LIFESTYLE

Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul

 

I am listening to İstanbul, intent, my eyes closed.

 

Orhan Veli Kanık

 

 

Bosphorus literally means the ox’s strait (coming from Greek), and the toponym in English may as well be translated as ox-ford (although toponyms are rarely translated), but let’s skip the linguistic mumbo-jumbo. The name refers to the Myth of Io, who was a mistress of Zeus, transformed into a cow, condemned to wander the Earth until she crossed the Bosporus and if you wanna know more, check out the story, it’s one of my favourite ones. But just be careful not to read away your afternoon with tales of the infamous naughty Gods :), which is a nice metaphor for today’s Greek politicians but let’s not get carried away :D).

 

 

As ancient and wild Istanbul is, I cannot but think about Turkey’s contemporary face. About the polar views and the distribution of power in recent years, which seem to be adjusting like tectonic plates. The Republic of Turkey is a complicated country and you can never have a simplistic attitude to it, and what’s more Turkish society itself has been sprawled over this precipice. One leg in wanton Asia, the other – в exemplary Europe. One day looking at the future, making headway on the secular boulevard, only to look back to the dusty past and Islam.

 

The bridge connects the European and the Asian part of Turkey. In 2016 (the year of the coup d’tat attempt) the Turkish government renamed the First Bosphorus bridge to 15 July Martyrs Bridge honouring the civilian victims of the coup attempt. Almost 300 have died defending the government against a section of the Turkish military who launched a coordinated operation in several major cities to topple the government and unseat President Erdogan.

 

 

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Have a wonderful weekend,

 

 

 

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