Virtual Museum of the Princes' Islands

Istanbul is a city in which religions and sects have existed together for centuries. The Muslims, Christians and Jews who have believed in the same God for around 550 years live together. Surely all of them have a sanctuary, new or old… In other words, there are hundreds of God in Istanbul. The Islands constitute a small-scale sample of Istanbul about this subject with their countless individualities. The houses of God belonging to each religion are not missing here. We know that there have been Orthodox abbeys, churches and holy springs other than the Greek fishing villages since the Constantinople period in Islands. most of these, although they have changed in time, have reached today. When the Islands began to develop as a summer place after the second half of the nineteenth century, also the population of the Christians, Muslims and Jews other than Greek people raised. After that, the number of the houses of God increased with the construction of the churches of Orthodox Apostolic Armenian, Catholic Armenian and Latin Catholic and temples. A mosque was constructed in each island. Then the number of mosques in Buyukada reached four. The djemevi in Burgaz was added to these as the last ring.

The goal of the “The Houses of God” exhibition is to document the versatile religious-social structure of the Islands with the look of an architecture historian and the view of a photographer… In the exhibition, there are photographs of the houses of God, mosques, cemevi, monastery, churches, holy springs and sinagogues belonging to each religion and sect in the Islands. We mentioned about the architecture features of the buildings in photographs and accompanying articles. We tried to show the real functions of the houses of God and how people have used them. We believe that the photographs showing a feast or funeral prayer in a mosque, a wedding ceremony or grape reading ritual in a church, a whirling in a djemevi, a Sabbath day in a temple will present the goal of the exhibition and they will catch the visitor’s attraction at least as much as architecture photographs.

Hasan Kuruyazıcı

These videos are compiled from shots of the religious ceromonies in the places of worship in 2013.

Initiation Ceremony of a New Priest

The Monastery of Holy Trinity (Theological School) - Heybeliada, 02.03.2013

Akathistos Ymnos

The longest prayer to the Virgin Mary as standing
Saint Demetrius Church - Büyükada, 19.04.2013

Saint George's Day

The Saint George Kudunas Monastery - Büyükada, 23.04.2013

Good Friday

Last Friday before Easter Sunday. Christians commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross
The Monastery of Holy Trinity (Theological School) - Heybeliada, 03.05.2013

Easter - Resurraction Day

Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead three days after his crucifixion
The Monastery of Holy Trinity (Theological School) - Heybeliada, 05.05.2013

Laylat al-Miraj

Hamidiye Mosque - Büyükada, 05.06.2013

Ceremony for a miracle of Saint Spiridon

The Monastery of Saint Spiridon - Heybeliada, 13.07.2013

Saint John the Baptist feast day

The Church of Saint John the Baptist - Burgazada, 20.07.2013

Iftar in Ramadan

Hamidiye Mosque - Büyükada, 01.08.2013

 

Curator: Hasan Kuruyazıcı
Exhibition Design : Sera Dink
Museum Curator : Deniz Koç Çeliker
Photographs : Damla Yılmaz (*)

Museum Technology & Display : Harikalar Kutusu

Guest Photographers : Aysel Bölücek, Banu Barmak, Bülent Özden, Dilek Bektaş, Gökhan Tan

Video  : Banu Barmak, Bülent Özden

Island House : Bingöl Erdumlu, Sibel Akkaşoğlu

Press Communication : Marjinal Porter Novelli

Translation : Lingo Türk Danışmanlık ve Dil Hizmetleri

Digital Print : Tüm Baskı

Acknowledgements

Institutional Donors-Supporters
Adalar Belediyesi, Adalar Cemevi, Adalar Müftülüğü, Adalı Yayınları, Adaevi, Adalar Metropolitliği, Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrikhanesi, Heybeliada Ruhban Okulu, Kınalıada Ermeni Kilisesi Vakfı, Sankt Georg Hastanesi

Donors-Supporters
Agni Nikolaidu, Ahmet Ulaş, Akillas Millas, Bartolemeos Hz. (İstanbul Fener Rum Ortodoks Patriği), Didem Çoban (Sankt Georg Hastanesi Başhemşiresi), Doğan Bermek (Alevi Vakıfları Federasyonu Genel Başkanı), Dr. Erdal Kaleli (Sankt Georg Hastanesi Başhekimi), Faruk Tut (Adalar Müftüsü), İzzet Keribar, Dr. Mustafa Farsakoğlu (Adalar Belediyesi eski başkanı), Peder Iakovas Sofroniadis (Adalar Metropoliti), Peder Joachim Billis (İstanbul Fener Rum Ortodoks Patrik Vekili), Peder Nafkratios Furuncuoğlu ve Eşi, Peder Nektorios Selalmaz (Kudüs Metropoliti), Püzant Akbaş, Raffi Hermon Araks (Adalar Belediyesi eski danışmanı), Dr. Robert Schild, Rubi Asa, Dr. Savvas Çilenis, Yorgos Pasedeos, Yusuf Altıntaş (Türk Musevileri Hahambaşılığı Genel Sekreteri)

 

(*)  Except as guest photographer who are specified in photo credits all the photographs of exhibition are taken by Damla Yılmaz.

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