Archive for the ‘History’ Category
After 33 years, today labor unions walk to Taksim Square. Around 5000 people walked to the centre of Istanbul to remember the one that died on bloody May 1, 1977.
Turkish government decided that 1 May will be public holiday last week, however permission to be on Taksim Square was undecided.
Last year the city was blocked by governorship. This year police has been more understanding and not much happened besides some minor fights in narrow streets that lead to Taksim.
I hope history won’t repeat itself in the upcoming years.
As Dan Brown’s Angels&Demons is soon to be coming to a theatre near you, i watched a very interesting documentary on the Da Vinci Code on National Geographic TV.
The documentary curiously deconstructs the book and all the foundations in it such as marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdelena, Opus Dei, Vatican, Priory of Sion etc.
What caught my interest is the guy behind the idea of Priory of Sion. His name was Pierre Plantard and he had been an extreme right wing fanatic through all his life.
He was even sentenced to 6 months of prison due forgery in historical documents and trade of these fraud artifacts.
In 1956 he registered the Priory of Sion in a small town in the border of Switzerland. Then he met Noel Corbu who owned a hotel nearby and trying to attract some tourists with the story of a man called Berenger Sauniere. He was a priest and made a fortune out of praying as he got a frank per each prayer and he was really popular back then.
Plantard along with his friend Philippe de Cherisey started to write a story with all the possible documents and created the hoax of Priory of Sion. They even created the leaders line of the priory that included Da Vinci, Newton and even themselves. They planted the documents in French National Library and then refound them as if they were a big secret.
The files were used in the Holy Blood Holy Grail in 1982. This publicized the Priory of Sion. Dan Brown used it in Da Vinci Code as well. But decent French historians searched throughly for this historical mystery and found out that the documents were created no earlier than 40 years ago.
Plantard died in the year 2000. Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown a world known author and a very rich man. Today there is an industry dwelling on this book that includes tours to locations mentioned in the book.
I was in Esma Sultan Residence today in regards to preperations for Cup Handover on 23 April.
It is going to be a huge ceremony and I am looking forward to it.
Here are some pics i took today with my Nokia N95.
I will keep you updated with some pictures on 23rd of April as well.
Here is the history of the residence from Marmara Hotels webpage:
This mansion reflecting the Golden Age of Istanbul is named after its original owner, Esma Sultan, the daughter of Sultan Abdülaziz I.
Esma Sultan was born in 1873 and when she was 16 years old she was married to Mehmed Pasha the Circassian who was one of the leading statesmen of his time. She became a prominent and admired woman known for her lively and colorful character. In addition to her palatial residence in Istanbul, she also had several seaside mansions.
One of these mansions in particular, after withstanding neglect and suffering a fire and an earthquake, ended up first as a tobacco warehouse and then as a coal depot. The ruins were taken over by The Marmara Hotels group in the 1990’s, and finally, in 2001, the mansion was given a new cultural identity.