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... away as gifts to the leaders of the various regions in the Empire or the smartest and most beautiful would make their way into the inner circle for the Sultan himself. Those who were lucky enough to provide a male heir for the Sultan would be considered one of the “favorites” and would enjoy further privileges and possibly become one of his wives as well. The security of the harem was looked after by eunuchs from Africa, lead by the Chief Harem Eunuch ...
... to Islam, perhaps to avoid the tax. The Ottomans stayed in control until after World War I. In 1923 the Republic of Turkey was formed with Ataturk its first president. Constantinople's name was changed to Istanbul, derived from the Greek phrase for "to the city".
This rich heritage is evident all over the city -- at least in the old district where we were staying. We visited the Topkapi, the palace of the Ottoman sultans. This was the site ...
... or a shout out as they walked by one another. People stand in doorways, instead of in their shops and even wish you a good day after you decline their service. The young teenage boys are charming and I loved all the secret winks I seemed to get. The food was delicious, the weather was hot and 'people watching' was my favourite activity. I did attract some negative attention from older, tradition women in their cultured dress which was ...
... just to watch his expression! Whilst Chris was getting his haircut, another client came in - Canadians (off the cruise ship). The wife was a hairdresser in Canada but she had never seen the technique done although she had been told about it by her friends. Her husband had his sideburns and ears singed too!
There was a large police presence in Beyoglu. They were dressed in riot gear, had ...
... Islamic faith, one must face Mecca while praying and bow on both knees. 4. In the mosque there are two very important sections the Mihrab and Minber. Mihrab is a wall that faces Mecca with a gate that leads people to submission. The Minber is were the pope would give a sermon on the Islamic holy day Friday. 5. Very first Muslim on earth was Abraham. 6. Turkey has a liberal mentality or less strict when it comes to practicing their ...
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