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Byzantine Cistern Exhibition and a Cultural Demo on Turkish Carpets

  • 24 Jan 2019
  • 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sultanahmet
  • 10


This activity combines two very unusual experiences in a few hours.

We will start with a visit to a very off-the-beaten Byzantine Cistern, which currently hosts a beautiful exhibition on Byzantine Hippodrome. Our IWI Partner,  Serif Yenen  will be giving an overview on the exhibition.

Then there will be a very informative presentation on Turkish carpets. A carpet is more a work of art than an article which people step on for everyday use.

To understand how valuable Turkish carpets are, it is better to go back to their origin. 

Marco Polo, during his journey through Seljuk lands towards the end of the 13C reported that the best and finest carpets were produced in Konya.

A carpet can be likened to a poem; neither can tolerate any extra element which does not contribute to its wholeness and value. Therefore, just like in a poem, each pattern of a carpet is chosen for its beauty and motifs are carefully arranged to form rhymes.  

Note: A pide lunch and drink is included in the price.

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