Today Is A Museum Day

Yeap, today is a museum day. First stop was Anatolian Civilizations Museum. The museum consists of two buildings which are Mahmut Paşa Bedesten and Kurşunlu Han. In this museum, Anatolian archeology is exhibited starting with Paleolithic Age and continuing modern-day.

In Paleolithic Age, human beings did not know agricultural production so they spent their lives by consuming wild fruit and vegetables and animals that they hunted. Therefore, they needed some tools to hunt and pick up something and they made handmade tools by sculpting stone.

In Neolithic Age, besides hunting and picking up, they started agriculture and animal husbandary. Yet another outstanding things are wall painting, human and animal (mostly animal) figures and goddess figure. One of the most important and significant findings in this Age is Çatalhöyük dwellings. For costruction of those dwellings local material was used. When we look at the inner space,  there was no room division. However archeological evidence show that there was some particular spaces for unique usage. One remarkable thing is that there was no door or window in these dwellings, they used roof for enter the houses with the help of stairs. This provided them to protect themselves from predetory animals. Another remarkable thing is wall drawings and one of the most important one is a city plan of Çatalhöyük with depiction of Mount Hasan with it’s volcanic character. One last thing that I observed was that they buried the dead bodies under terraces of the house because they thought and believed that  soul of the dead can protect them.

In Chalcolithic Age , ruling class and craftmanship came to light, concept of sinker showed up, population of villages gradually increased, so urbanization and social organization started to germinate.

The second stop was Erimtan Museum next to Anatolian Civilizations Museum. This museum has a collection (Yüksel Erimtan collects them in many years).

A Break in Istanbul

This weekend I had a break. I went to Istanbul and I visit some places that I wonder. My first stop was Nakilbent Cistern in Sultanahmet. There is an exhibition ” Su Ruhu”, Water Spirit which focus on the relation between art and space. It opened on March 27th and it will continue until April 28th. If you have time I suggest you to visit there. It is surprising that there is no exhibition admission fee. Water, that used to be collected in the cistern for centuries, has been introduced to the space again with the form of water particles and you can experience the space with the help of different lights. Here is some photographs from there.

And here is some photos that make feel us in the different levels of water with the help of water particle and light.

My second stop was Sancaklar Mosque desined by Emre Arolat. http://www.archdaily.com/516205/sancaklar-mosque-emre-arolat-architects/ : In this website you can find the design decission of the mosque. I don’t know whether it has a meaning in term of relegion or not I observed that inside of the mosque there are 12 steps and in ceiling there are some forms that resemble izohips and they are also 12 and a part that sect leader preaches a sermon has 6 steps. Here is some photos from the mosque.

An finally, there are some photos from the Istanbul and my journey.