Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk described love as a car crash, while speaking about his 2008 book The Museum of Innocence. "In my book, I described love as if it were a crash, something terrible that has happened to us, something dark, incomprehensible, and out of our hands,” Pamuk said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said 2020 will be the "year of Patara" on Feb. 12. Patara is an ancient city located in located in Turkey’s Mediterranean resort city of Antalya which served as the Lycian civilization's main port city.
Over 30 dailies from the years 1928 to 1948 were digitized by Istanbul University, Dean and Prof. Mahmut Ak said. The technique of Optical Character Recognition was used for the scanning of the newspapers, allowing the digital copies to be "searchable."
An area in the southeastern town of Van that features around 17,000 chimney rocks was declared a protected area on Feb. 12, the Governor of Van Mehmet Emin Bilmez said. The area is often dubbed "Vanadocia" as a play on the name Cappadocia, the picturesque region around Nevşehir known for its unique landscapes.
The historic Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage - located on Istanbul's Büyükada island and considered to be Europe's largest wooden structure and the world's second largest - is rotting and at risk of collapse. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate announced that it could not come up with enough funds to protect the building. People's Democracy Party (HDP) deputy Tuma Çelik called upon the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to take immediate action.
Turkish Artist Serkan Bayer had his invitation to a Modern Turkish Art Exhibition revoked at the last minute because the Independent Art Foundation found his works that they had approved to be "obscene." "Where we see the purest state of existence, the administrators of Independent Art Foundation saw vaginas," Bayer said, adding that he had never been censored this way in his 20 years as an artist.
Egypt's Islamic authority Dar Al Ifta has said TV shows “Resurrection: Ertuğrul” and “Valley of the Wolves” are “wretched,” and that the Turkish productions aim to further President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's dream of reviving the Ottoman Empire. “Erdoğan will not fail to actualize his dream ... through soft power, through cultural and artistic works. The best evidence of this is the series ‘Valley of the Wolves’ and the series ‘Resurrection: Ertuğrul,’” said the fatwa.
Mahmut Sür has been making glass evil eyes for 44 years. Registered as a 'living human treasure' by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Sür wants to train others to carry out his craft.
Formed by nine Kurdish political parties, the Kurdish Language Platform called for a Kurdish Language Institute to be established, for Kurdish to become one of Turkey's official languages and for the halting of the assimilation and oppression policies enacted against Kurds, spokesperson Şerefhan Cizîrî said at a press conference Feb. 6.
A foundation led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter Esra Albayrak has bought the estate of iconic boxer Muhammad Ali in Chicago, Illinois.
Hagia Sophia was the most popular touristic site of 2019 with a total of 3,727,361 visitors, Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry said. Remodeled as a mosque under the Ottoman Empire, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935. The second most visited touristic destination in 2019 was the Mevlana Museum in Rumi's birthplace, the central Anatolian province of Konya.
Wikiferheng is an online Kurdish dictionary that currently consists of 800,000 words, idioms, aphorisms, and other entries. The editors say they aim to reach 1 million words and establish a dictionary that reflects the prominent position of Kurdish among the languages of the world.
Turkey's winter festival season kicked off with Ayder Snow Festival, aka the Snowmen Festival. Held in the Black Sea region, the festival was initially a snowmen making competition. Also in the Black Sea region there will be Petran Snow Festival where locals break out their ancestors' makeshift snowboards to "Petranboard."
The Diyarbakır Chamber of Architects has released a report identifying serious issues with the redevelopment of Diyarbakir's historic Sur district, which involves missing or severely damaged registered historical relics and structures and new construction that is not befitting of the historic area.
Garo Paylan, an MP from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has filed a parliamentary question about the historic Armenian building Sanasaryan Han. "Will Sanasaryan Han's ownership be turned over to the Armenian people like it was intended?" he asked.