Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fires in Istanbul

From comrade Talal: "Istanbul has had in its history a large number of fires, some resulting in a full burn down of the city. This relates to the prevalence of wooden houses characteristic of the city. Many burnt houses can still be found to this day in the old city, a reminder of which is the Bayazid Fire Tower which bisects its skyline. The fires of old Istanbul are mentioned in Pamuk's books (My Name is Red and Istanbul)."