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Amazing thing in Istanbul is that there are so many stray cats. For cat's lovers, like me, it was wonderful to see there so many cats and in good condition. I could say that Istanbul is a cat's capital:). Why? Rigoletto told us a very cruel story. I read also another explanation.
Islamic lore tells of a cat thwarting a poisonous snake that had approached the Prophet Muhammad. In another tale, the prophet found his cat sleeping on the edge of his vest. Instead of shifting the cat, the prophet cut off the portion of the vest that was free and wore it without disturbing the pet.

Looking through history books about Islam, many mention the prophet’s love of felines and while variations on the foregoing stories exist, the overarching affection for cats has been consistent.
A popular saying notes “If you kill a cat, you need to build a mosque to be forgiven by God.” As a result, wandering the streets of Istanbul you will see many small containers by the sides of buildings, and discreet food rations doled out by its inhabitants. While the cats are not adopted formally, they are taken care of by no one and everyone, a giant community network of cat caring.

I hope you will like this scene from Eyup Mosque.

Memories of a wonderful day in old Istanbul in a company of Deniz and Basak.

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4988 W: 81 N: 12585] (73829)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-14
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 23:47
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