Sunday, June 05, 2011

Roadside food in Istanbul as we trekked along the tramline. Turkey's famous for the coffee, hibiscus tea, gelatine icecreams that don't melt and of course their version of kebab/shaurmas, baklavas and a variety of mouth watering nut-filled sweets... but roadside food always excites me more for some reason :)

Reconstruction at the Hagia Sophia Museum, and below is the God of the Rivers, Poseidon. the fact that these sculptures and archaelogical restorations happen on an everyday basis and the painstaking way in which it is done inspired awe in us, a bunch of twenty something impatients ;)

The Cisterna Basilica has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water but holds only a few feet of water lining the bottom today. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres (13 ft) and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns. Located in the northwest corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the visage of Medusa. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons' gaze, however it is widely thought that they were placed sideways and upside down only to be the proper size to support their columns. (excerpt from wikipedia)

Me with my love for folklore, I'm swayed in the direction of the Gorgon story, though rationally thinking, physics would be a more important factor when considering the force of holding up the ceiling and pure pressure from the mass amount of water that used to be contained here.

My earlier post covered the more popular tourist destinations, these are just the knick knacks that slip in between but I want to remember 20 years down the road from now. This post is severely delayed I know, but I finally got the time to do it today, so here it is.. :)


Gadgetgirl said...

istanbul more and more istanbul.

gelatin icecreams that dont melt? really??

Loshini said...

teehee... yups, their version of the italian gelato :)

Chavie said...

Beautiful! :D And I know a couple of people who'd like ice creams that don't melt in the Sri Lankan weather... hmmm. ;)

rainfield61 said...

I love ice-cream, but hear about ice-cream that never melts.

jaacostan said...

3rd pic from the top. what is that?
seems like broken crockery... actually what is that? nice pattern !!
1st pic ...ah modern "vada" ???
time changes everything... :)

Loshini said...

chavie n rainfield: i'm sure it melts, but at a much higher temp than the normal icecream i guess :P

jaacostan: it's rubble of a marble column n part of a ceiling, they were piecing them back together like a jigsaw puzzle :) agreed, the pattern caught my eye too..

heheh... come to think of it it does look like vada doesnt it! it's a common roadside pastry that they eat with tea.. it's coated in black sesame seeds.