Ayşe Melis Yılmaz Arha318

The fieldtrip 2 was containing; The cistern underneath Kadir Has University, Cibali Campus, Gul Camii (Hagia Theodosia), The Greek Orthodox Patriachate and the church of St. George, The area of Balat/Fener, The Church of St. Mary of the Mongols, The Parekklesion of St. Mary Pammakaristos.
The first place was the museum in Kadir Has University. I think it was an important think that rich families collect the historical monuments because I cannot imagine what if they would be today. Probably most of them would be in other counties of damaged or even lost. Also this situation reminded me, a precious connection for me and this class, the kind of same movement of the rich families’ or dynasties’ trial in Byzantium, by having these important monuments as an indicator of their wealth. Even we can name it as the ideology ‘philanthropy’ it does not matter what the name it is, if we have these monuments today.
The building of the campus was interesting because it was turned from a tobacco factory but the factory was also constructed on a cistern which is still could not be brought out wholly. Because we could not take photographs, I am very sorry. The process of digging is really important because it will orient the historians to have a more accurate knowledge about the real construction years of that cistern. I can say that, it was the most interesting place for me in this trip because the monument was not restorated yet and I felt really a witness of a great historical process. With the researches I did, I also learned that there are generally three layers one over the other. One, the deepest of them is from 11th century as Byzantine cistern. There is an Ottoman bathhouse from 17th century and lastly, there is the tobacco factory lying on which is turned into a university and a museum today. But as I mentioned before, the accurate information is not found out that yet.
The other monument that I really liked is again Gül Camii. It was also very interesting because that it was another structure that had a cistern under it. But very sadly, it was filled with earth and also there was garbage on it. In this point, I really wish something happen about that area too. As another sad point, Gül Camii was not a mosque before but a church, but the changing of it was really unsuccessful. A cement construction for a highly precious structure is disappointing which is the especially entrance part of the mosque. In the article Gül Camii, it is also mentioned that there are some disputes about the exact construction year
In conclusion, I can say that this fieldtrip was more exciting from the first one because the historical monuments that we visit were still alive and it was really difficult to interpret the real condition of that monument with really few ruins. Generally the other monuments also very precious to understand the lifestyle and settlement of Byzantine and early İstanbul but the reason that I especially told about these two monuments is because they were not brought out and restorated yet. Lastly, as a last sentence that I can say I really appreciate to instructor for giving this course not only from the book but also in real.

Tarihce, Rezan Has Müzesi, http://rhm.org.tr/tr/tarihce.php

Ayşe Melis Yılmaz

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