Friday, July 16, 2010

A Day in Kuzguncuk

My goal for an excursion to Kuzguncuk, was to find the quilt shop of Istanbul and to see this village on the Bosphorus. As it was a hot day, I called for a taxi and asked the driver to take me to the Kuzguncuk ferry terminal, as the ferry terminals are always in the heart of the village. The driver asked if he could drop me off at the small park with an opening to the Bosphorus. Lovely! It was later I realized why he questioned my request to be taken to the ferry terminal. It seems to be closed for renovation!
Kuzguncuk's main street goes inland from the Bosphorus and has beautiful old trees. It is very unusual to see a shady street with such nice trees. Other streets have no trees or very small trees and limited shade.

Just off the main drag, is the street that houses the quilt shop. The shop is owned by Selma Kenter and she also started a quilting organization. Every few years, the members of the quilting organization hold an exhibit of their quilts. I missed the most recent exhibit in May of this year.

Inside is a display of the quilt exhibit posters from previous years. In addition, catalogs of the quilts exhibited are produced. This year's catalog is not yet available, but I did pick up a copy of the 2000 exhibit catalog. I will pass this along to Louise if anyone wants to take a look at it.
Above the shop is a large workroom, for classes, which will start in September. Here is the link to the website for the quilting organization

My map of Kuzguncuk showed three churches in a small area. I found 2 of them. Both were locked up tight, but in good repair, so probably still in use.

A large green patch on the map noted a minority cemetery. The cemetery is fenced in and I climbed a steep hill and found a doorway into a small part of the cemetery. There was a cross on the entrance, so the minorities would be Christians. Most of the cemetery appears jungle like in vegetation.

The cemetery is still being used. There were several burials marked from the last decade. Most burial sites had simple crosses, but some had detailed stone carvings.

On my way back down the hill, I walked past an old building with very weathered wood. Traditional building material for the homes along the Bosphorus is wood.

Have a good day where ever you might be!

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